Fri 9 Nov 2018 10:52 - 11:15 at Studio 1 - Testing Chair(s): Kim Bruce

Several recently proposed randomized testing tools for concurrent and distributed systems come with theoretical guarantees on their success. The key to these guarantees is a notion of bug depth—the minimum length of a sequence of events sufficient to expose the bug—and a characterization of $d$-hitting families of schedules—a set of schedules guaranteed to cover every bug of given depth $d$. Previous results show that in certain cases the size of a $d$-hitting family can be significantly smaller than the total number of possible schedules. However, these results either assume shared-memory multi-threading, or that the underlying partial ordering of events is known statically and has special structure. These assumptions are not met by distributed message-passing applications.

In this paper we present a randomized scheduling algorithm for testing distributed systems. In contrast to previous approaches, our algorithm works for arbitrary partially ordered sets of events revealed online as the program is being executed. We show that for partial orders of width at most $w$ and size at most $n$ (both statically unknown), our algorithm is guaranteed to sample from at most $w^2 n^{d-1}$ schedules, for every fixed bug depth $d$. Thus, our algorithm discovers a bug of depth $d$ with probability at least $1 / (w^2 n^{d-1})$. As a special case, our algorithm recovers a previous randomized testing algorithm for multi-threaded programs. Our algorithm is simple to implement, but the correctness arguments depend on difficult combinatorial results about online dimension and online chain partitioning of partially ordered sets.

We have implemented our algorithm in a randomized testing tool for distributed message-passing programs. We show that our algorithm can find bugs in distributed systems such as Zookeeper and Cassandra, and empirically outperforms naive random exploration while providing theoretical guarantees.

Fri 9 Nov

splash-2018-OOPSLA
10:30 - 12:00: OOPSLA - Testing at Studio 1
Chair(s): Kim BrucePomona College
splash-2018-OOPSLA10:30 - 10:52
Talk
Ankush DesaiUniversity of California, Berkeley, Amar PhanishayeeMicrosoft Research, Shaz QadeerMicrosoft Research, Sanjit SeshiaUC Berkeley
splash-2018-OOPSLA10:52 - 11:15
Talk
Burcu Kulahcioglu OzkanMPI-SWS, Germany, Rupak MajumdarMPI-SWS, Germany, Filip NiksicMPI-SWS, Mitra Tabaei BefroueiVienna University of Technology, Georg WeissenbacherTechnische Universität Wien
splash-2018-OOPSLA11:15 - 11:37
Talk
Marija SelakovicTU Darmstadt, Germany, Michael PradelTU Darmstadt, Rezwana Karim NawrinSamsung Research America, Frank TipNortheastern University
splash-2018-OOPSLA11:37 - 12:00
Talk
Saba AlimadadiNortheastern University, Di ZhongNortheastern University, USA, Magnus MadsenAarhus University, Frank TipNortheastern University