Scalable Parallelization of Specification Mining Using Distributed Computing

Shaowei Wang*, David Lo, Lingxiao Jiang, Shahar Maoz, Aditya Budi

*Corresponding author for this work

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Mining specifications from logs of execution traces has attracted much research effort in recent years since the mined specifications, such as program invariants, temporal rules, association patterns, or various behavioral models, may be used to improve program documentation, comprehension, and verification. At the same time, a major challenge faced by most specification mining algorithms is related to their scalability, specifically when dealing with many large execution traces.To address this challenge, we present a general, distributed specification mining algorithm that can parallelize and distribute repetitive specification mining tasks across multiple computers to achieve speedup proportional to the number of machines used. This general algorithm is designed on the basis of our observation that most specification mining algorithms are data and memory intensive while computationally repetitive. To validate the general algorithm, we instantiate it with five existing sequential specification mining algorithms (CLIPPER, Daikon, k-tails, LM, and Perracotta) on a particular distributed computing model (MapReduce) and one of its implementations (Hadoop) to create five parallelized specification mining algorithms, and demonstrate the much improved scalability of the algorithms over many large traces ranging from 41 MB to 157 GB collected from seven DaCapo benchmark programs. Our evaluation shows that our parallelized Perracotta running on four machines (using up to eight CPU cores in total) speeds up the original sequential one by 3-18 times The other four sequential algorithms are unable to complete analyzing the large traces, while our parallelized versions can complete the analysis and gain performance improvement by using more machines and cores. We believe that our general, distributed algorithm fits many specification mining algorithms well, and can be instantiated with them to gain more performance improvement and scalability improvement.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Art and Science of Analyzing Software Data
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9780124115439
ISBN (Print)9780124115194
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2015


  • Dynamic analysis
  • Execution profiles
  • Hadoop
  • MapReduce
  • Parallelization
  • Scalability
  • Specification mining


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