Tue 6 Nov 2018 14:15 - 14:37 at Horizons 10-11 - Performance Chair(s): Zhendong Su

Software debugging is a time-consuming and challenging
process. Supporting debugging has been a focus of the software
engineering field since its inception with numerous empirical studies,
theories, and tools to support developers in this
task. \emph{Performance} bugs and performance debugging is a sub-genre
of debugging that has received less attention.

In this paper we contribute an empirical case study of performance bug
diagnosis in the WiredTiger project, the default database engine
behind MongoDB.
We perform an in-depth analysis of 44
Jira tickets documenting WiredTiger performance-related issues.
We investigate how developers diagnose performance bugs: what
information they collect, what tools they use, and what processes
they follow.
Our findings show that developers spend the majority of their performance
debugging time chasing outlier events, such as latency spikes and throughput
drops. Yet, they are not properly supported by existing performance debugging
tools in this task. We also observe that developers often use tools without
knowing in advance whether the obtained information will be relevant to
debugging the problem. Therefore, we believe developers can benefit from tools
that can be used for unstructured exploration of performance data, rather than
for answering specific questions.

Tue 6 Nov
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13:30 - 15:00: PerformanceResearch Papers / Journal-First at Horizons 10-11
Chair(s): Zhendong SuETH Zurich
13:30 - 13:52
Talk
Journal-First
DOI
13:52 - 14:15
Talk
Research Papers
Pooyan JamshidiUniversity of South Carolina, Miguel VelezCarnegie Mellon University, USA, Christian KästnerCarnegie Mellon University, Norbert SiegmundBauhaus-University Weimar
14:15 - 14:37
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Research Papers
Alexandra (Sasha) FedorovaUniversity of British Columbia, Craig MustardUniversity of British Columbia, Canada, Ivan BeschastnikhComputer Science, University of British Columbia, Julia RubinUniversity of British Columbia, Augustine WongUniversity of British Columbia, Canada, Svetozar MiucinUniversity of British Columbia, Canada, Louis YeUniversity of British Columbia, Canada
14:37 - 15:00
Talk
Research Papers
Junhee LeeKorea University, South Korea, Seongjoon HongKorea University, Hakjoo OhKorea University