Towards Logging Optimization for Dynamic Object Process Graph Construction

Takashi ISHIO  Hiroki WAKISAKA  Yuki MANABE  Katsuro INOUE  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E96-D   No.11   pp.2470-2472
Publication Date: 2013/11/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1587/transinf.E96.D.2470
Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: LETTER
Category: Software System
Keyword: 
dynamic analysis,  logging,  program understanding,  dynamic object process graph,  

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Summary: 
Logging the execution process of a program is a popular activity for practical program understanding. However, understanding the behavior of a program from a complete execution trace is difficult because a system may generate a substantial number of runtime events. To focus on a small subset of runtime events, a dynamic object process graph (DOPG) has been proposed. Although a DOPG can potentially facilitate program understanding, the logging process has not been adapted for DOPGs. If a developer is interested in the behavior of a particular object, only the runtime events related to the object are necessary to construct a DOPG. The vast majority of runtime events in a complete execution trace are irrelevant to the interesting object. This paper analyzes actual DOPGs and reports that a logging tool can be optimized to record only the runtime events related to a particular object specified by a developer.