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Lightweight Checkpointing for Concurrent ML

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Executive Summary

Transient faults that arise in large-scale software systems can often be repaired by re-executing the code in which they occur. Ascribing a meaningful semantics for safe re-execution in multithreaded code is not obvious, however. For a thread to re-execute correctly a region of code, it must ensure that all other threads that have witnessed its unwanted effects within that region are also reverted to a meaningful earlier state. If not done properly, data inconsistencies and other undesirable behavior may result. However, automatically determining what constitutes a consistent global checkpoint is not straightforward since thread interactions are a dynamic property of the program.

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