Supporting efficient and advanced omniscient debugging for xDSMLs

Erwan Bousse, Jonathan Corley, Benoit Combemale, Jeff Gray, Benoit Baudry
2015 Proceedings of the 2015 ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Software Language Engineering  
Omniscient debugging is a promising technique that relies on execution traces to enable free traversal of the states reached by a system during an execution. While some General-Purpose Languages (GPLs) already have support for omniscient debugging, developing such a complex tool for any executable Domain-Specific Modeling Language (xDSML) remains a challenging and error prone task. A solution to this problem is to define a generic omniscient debugger for all xDSMLs. However, generically
more » ... ng any xDSML both compromises the efficiency and the usability of such an approach. Our contribution relies on a partly generic omniscient debugger supported by generated domain-specific trace management facilities. Being domain-specific, these facilities are tuned to the considered xDSML for better efficiency. Usability is strengthened by providing multidimensional omniscient debugging. Results show that our approach is on average 3.0 times more efficient in memory and 5.03 more efficient in time when compared to a generic solution that copies the model at each step.
doi:10.1145/2814251.2814262 fatcat:73dsljaezjh67em2ajm5ao5xh4