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24th ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE 2016), November 13–18, 2016, Seattle, WA, USA

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Session 13: Program Analysis
Research Papers
Emerald 1, Chair: Santosh Nagarakatte
PerfGuard: Binary-Centric Application Performance Monitoring in Production Environments
Chung Hwan Kim, Junghwan Rhee, Kyu Hyung Lee, Xiangyu Zhang, and Dongyan Xu
(Purdue University, USA; NEC Labs, USA; University of Georgia, USA)
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Abstract: Diagnosis of performance problems is an essential part of software development and maintenance. This is in particular a challenging problem to be solved in the production environment where only program binaries are available with limited or zero knowledge of the source code. This problem is compounded by the integration with a significant number of third-party software in most large-scale applications. Existing approaches either require source code to embed manually constructed logic to identify performance problems or support a limited scope of applications with prior manual analysis. This paper proposes an automated approach to analyze application binaries and instrument the binary code transparently to inject and apply performance assertions on application transactions. Our evaluation with a set of large-scale application binaries without access to source code discovered 10 publicly known real world performance bugs automatically and shows that PerfGuard introduces very low overhead (less than 3% on Apache and MySQL server) to production systems.

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