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The Failure Trace Archive: Enabling Comparative Analysis of Failures in Diverse Distributed Systems

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Executive Summary

With the increasing functionality and complexity of distributed systems, resource failures are inevitable. While numerous models and algorithms for dealing with failures exist, the lack of public trace data sets and tools have prevented meaningful comparisons. To facilitate the design, validation, and comparison of fault-tolerant models and algorithms, the authors have created the Failure Trace Archive (FTA) as an online public repository of availability traces taken from diverse parallel and distributed systems. Their main contributions in this study are the following. They describe the design of the archive, in particular the rationale of the standard FTA format, and the design of a toolbox that facilitates automated analysis of trace data sets.

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