November 19, 2003
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Igor! Go fetch bugs!
Your program does not work? The „AskIgor“ Web service automatically finds out why.
Bugs in computer programs cause damages in the billions of dollars. According to a 2002 study of the US National Institute of Standards and Technology, improvements in testing and debugging could save users and vendors costs of 22.5 billion US$ per year.
Igor is the first tool to determine failure causes automatically. This is how it works: Igor compares two program runs – a working run and a failing run. Using a number of tests, the process narrows down the failure-inducing difference to the actual failure cause. Initially, Igor focuses on Linux programs; next year, the technique will be extended to Windows and Java programs. In the long term, Zeller’s tools will not only automatically create diagnoses, but also suggestions for fixes.
A year ago, Prof.
Zeller presented his first research results at the ACM SIGSOFT conference in
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Zeller’s works on automated debugging have received numerous awards, including the Ernst-Denert Award for Software Engineering, the ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award and IBM’s Eclipse Innovation Award. Besides automated debugging, his group works on experimental program analysis, data-mining version archives, self-rescuing programs and the detection of security leaks.
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