Accession Number : ADA288995

Title :   Compiler-Assisted Debugging and Multiple Instruction Retry.

Descriptive Note : Doctoral thesis,

Corporate Author : ILLINOIS UNIV AT URBANA CENTER FOR RELIABLE AND HIGH-PERFORMANCE COMPUTING

Personal Author(s) : Chen, Shyh-Kweh

PDF Url : ADA288995

Report Date : NOV 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 86

Abstract : Backward execution requires the saving of historic information concurrently with the normal execution in order for a program to roll back. There are several applications for which backward execution is useful. In an environment where reliability is a concern, it may be necessary to roll back the program to a previously executed state in case of system faults. Multiple instruction retry is an alternative to checkpointing for recovery from a transient processor failure, especially when the error detection latency is only a few cycles. Speculative execution can achieve significant speed up for superscalar architectures by utilizing instruction retry to roll back the computation above mispredicted branches. Debugging is another field that can benefit from backward execution. Allowing the user to undo several instructions at specific positions may facilitate program debugging. This thesis describes schemes that have been implemented for multiple instruction retry for both RISC- type scalar processors, and very long instruction word (VLIW) architectures. The thesis also presents approaches that incorporate backward execution into a debugger, at both the compiler and the debugger levels.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE, *PARALLEL PROCESSING, *DEBUGGING(COMPUTERS), *FAULT TOLERANT COMPUTING, FAILURE, THESES, PROCESSING EQUIPMENT, WORDS(LANGUAGE), INSTRUCTIONS, COMPILERS, COMPUTER PROGRAM RELIABILITY.

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Computer Systems Management and Standards

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE