SWARE: A Methodology for Software Aging and Rejuvenation Experiments
Matheus Torquato 1 * , Jean Araujo 2, I. M. Umesh 3, Paulo Maciel 4
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1 Federal Institute of Alagoas (IFAL), Campus Arapiraca, Arapiraca, AL, BRAZIL
2 Federal Rural University of Pernambuco (UFRPE), Campus Garanhuns, Garanhuns, PE, BRAZIL
3 Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, INDIA
4 Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), Center of Informatics (CIn), Recife, PE, BRAZIL
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Reliability and availability are mandatory requirements for numerous applications. Technical apparatus to study system dependability is essential to support software deployment and maintenance. Software aging is a related issue in this context. Software aging is a cumulative process which leads systems with long-running execution to hangs or failures. Software rejuvenation is used to prevent software aging problems. Software rejuvenation actions comprise system reboot or application restart to bringing software to a stable fresh state. This paper proposes a methodology to conduct software aging and software rejuvenation experiments. The approach has three phases: (i) Stress Phase - stress environment with the accelerated workload to induce bugs activation; (ii) Wait Phase - stop workload submission to observe the system state after workload submission; (iii) Rejuvenation Phase - find the impacts caused by the software rejuvenation. We named our methodology as SWARE (Stress-Wait-Rejuvenation). To validate the SWARE methodology, we present a case study. This case study consists of an experiment of VM Live Migration as rejuvenation mechanism for VMM software aging. The considered testbed is a Private Cloud with OpenNebula and KVM 1.0. The obtained results show that VM live migration is useful as rejuvenation for VMM software aging.


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Article Type: Research Article


J INFORM SYSTEMS ENG, 2018 - Volume 3 Issue 2, Article No: 15

Publication date: 07 Apr 2018

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