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Comprehensive Multi-platform Dynamic Program Analysis for Java and Android

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Zheng Yudi, Kell Stephen, Bulej Lubomír, Sun Haiyang, Binder Walter,
Project LoadOpt - Workload Characterization and Optimization for Multicore Systems
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal IEEE Software
Volume (Issue) 33(4)
Page(s) 55 - 63
Title of proceedings IEEE Software
DOI 10.1109/ms.2015.151


Dynamic program analyses, such as profiling, tracing and bug-finding tools, are essential for software engineering. Unfortunately, implementing dynamic analyses for managed languages such as Java is unduly difficult and error-prone, because the runtime environments provide only complex low-level mechanisms. Currently, programmers writing custom tooling must expend great effort in tool development and maintenance, while still suffering substantial limitations such as incomplete code coverage or lack of portability. Ideally, a framework would be available in which dynamic analysis tools could be expressed at a high level, robustly, with high coverage and supporting alternative runtimes such as Android. We describe our research on an “all-in-one” dynamic program analysis framework which uses a combination of techniques to satisfy these requirements.