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Cluster Computing and the Grid, IEEE International Symposium on (2010)
Melbourne, VIC, Australia
May 17, 2010 to May 20, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7695-4039-9
pp: 398-407
With the increasing functionality and complexity of distributed systems, resource failures are inevitable. While numerous models and algorithms for dealing with failures exist, the lack of public trace data sets and tools has prevented meaningful comparisons. To facilitate the design, validation, and comparison of fault-tolerant models and algorithms, we have created the Failure Trace Archive (FTA) as an online public repository of availability traces taken from diverse parallel and distributed systems. Our main contributions in this study are the following. First, we describe the design of the archive, in particular the rationale of the standard FTA format, and the design of a toolbox that facilitates automated analysis of trace data sets. Second, applying the toolbox, we present a uniform comparative analysis with statistics and models of failures in nine distributed systems. Third, we show how different interpretations of these data sets can result in different conclusions. This emphasizes the critical need for the public availability of trace data and methods for their analysis.
reliability, failures, fault-tolerance, distributed and parallel systems

D. Epema, A. Iosup, D. Kondo and B. Javadi, "The Failure Trace Archive: Enabling Comparative Analysis of Failures in Diverse Distributed Systems," Cluster Computing and the Grid, IEEE International Symposium on(CCGRID), Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 2010, pp. 398-407.
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