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Grid Computing, IEEE/ACM International Workshop on (2004)
Pittsburgh, PA
Nov. 8, 2004 to Nov. 8, 2004
ISSN: 1550-5510
ISBN: 0-7695-2256-4
pp: 260-265
Steven Hand , University of Cambridge, England
Tim Harris , Microsoft Research Ltd., Cambridge, England
Alex Ho , University of Cambridge, England
Building distributed grid applications is notoriously difficult: the complex interactions between concurrently running processes, middleware, operating systems, underlying devices, and interconnecting networks can lead to unpredictable and difficult to analyze errors. Yet debugging support for such systems is woefully inadequate; typically a central user interface coordinates a set of conventional debuggers. This structure leads to synchronization problems and is limited to debugging user-mode applications.<div></div> In this paper we present the design and implementation of PDB, a pervasive debugger which executes in a virtualization layer underneath the entire distributed system. By running each node of a distributed application in a separate virtual environment atop the debugger, PDB can exercise full control over the entire execution environment.
Steven Hand, Tim Harris, Alex Ho, "PDB: Pervasive Debugging With Xen", Grid Computing, IEEE/ACM International Workshop on, vol. 00, no. , pp. 260-265, 2004, doi:10.1109/GRID.2004.49
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