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Intelligent derivation of trace strings

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000177342D
Original Publication Date: 2008-Dec-09
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2008-Dec-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 62K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

A mechanism to allow for the generation of applicable trace specification based on a trace look-up table. This enables a user to gather the appropriate trace without consulting other resources, which significantly speeds up the process of diagnosing and fixing problems.

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Intelligent derivation of trace strings

This publication addresses the issues of extended duration of test analysis. Delays are caused by having to consult other sources for information about the most appropriate 'trace specification' to be used. This introduces increased resource utilisation, delays and costs.

    Many products have a facility for collecting specified detailed debug information relating to the executed product code, this is used in problem diagnosis. This tracing uses a trace specification detailing which area the tracing should occur in and at what level of detail.

    The normal cycle of analysis can be lengthy due to problem being raised then specific trace being asked for by the person assigned to investigate the problem. Inevitably this introduces extra time as the requests are generated and handled. It can be a lengthy and problematic process to get the right trace to the appropriate person as soon as possible after the problem is found, currently the flow is as follows:

Test is run then problem found and reported

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Assigned to person investigating (Developer)

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Trace specification is then determined on a case by case basis by the assigned

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developer


Returned with details of the Trace specification to be used

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re-executed with trace specification, trace collected, re-assigned to developer for

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investigation

  This publication proposes a method that will reduce the need for interaction,

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reduce the number of steps in the process,

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allow the trace to be collected earlier in the cycle

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reduce cost

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Proposal

    Create a 'look-up table' with data inpu...