Chapter 2

Exploiting Hardware Monitoring in Software Engineering

Kristen R. Walcott-Justice,    Department of Computer Science, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, USA


Program monitoring is a key component of many software engineering tasks. Traditionally, instrumentation is used to complete such tasks. However, instrumentation can prohibitively increase the time and especially the memory overhead of an application. As an alternative to instrumentation, hardware monitoring has been shown to aid in developing more efficient techniques.

In this chapter, we examine efforts in applying hardware monitoring to a number of software engineering tasks including profiling, dynamic optimization, and software testing. We discuss improvements ...

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