Error behavior comparison of multiple computing systems: A case study using linux on pentium, solaris on SPARC, and AIX on POWER

Daniel Chen, Jacques Silva Gabriela, Zbigniew Kalbarczyk, Ravishankar K. Iyer, Bruce Mealey

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Abstract

This paper presents an approach to conducting experimental studies for the characterization and comparison of the error behavior in different computing systems. The proposed approach is applied to characterize and compare the error behavior of three commercial systems (Linux 2.6 on Pentium 4, Solaris 10 on UltraSPARC IIIi, and AIX 5.3 on POWER 5) under hardware transient faults. The data is obtained by conducting extensive fault injection into kernel code, kernel stack, and system registers with the NFTAPE framework while running the Apache Web Server as a workload. The error behavior comparison shows that the Linux System has the highest average crash latency, the Solaris System has the highest hang rate, and the AIX System has the lowest error sensitivity and the least amount of crashes in the more severe categories.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 14th IEEE Pacific Rim International Symposium on Dependable Computing, PRDC 2008
Pages339-346
Number of pages8
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
Event14th IEEE Pacific Rim International Symposium on Dependable Computing, PRDC 2008 - Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: Dec 15 2008Dec 17 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 14th IEEE Pacific Rim International Symposium on Dependable Computing, PRDC 2008

Other

Other14th IEEE Pacific Rim International Symposium on Dependable Computing, PRDC 2008
CountryTaiwan, Province of China
CityTaipei
Period12/15/0812/17/08

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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