Reproducibility of environment-dependent software failures: An experience report

TitleReproducibility of environment-dependent software failures: An experience report
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsDG Cavezza, R Pietrantuono, S Russo, J Alonso, and KS Trivedi
Conference NameProceedings International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering, Issre
Date Published12/2014

We investigate the dependence of software failure reproducibility on the environment in which the software is executed. The existence of such dependence is ascertained in literature, but so far it is not fully characterized. In this paper we pinpoint some of the environmental components that can affect the reproducibility of a failure and show this influence through an experimental campaign conducted on the My SQL Server software system. The set of failures of interest is drawn from My SQL's failure reports database and an experiment is designed for each of these failures. The experiments expose the influence of disk usage and level of concurrency on My SQL failure reproducibility. Furthermore, the results show that high levels of usage of these factors increase the probabilities of failure reproducibility.