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Aperiodic Checkpoint Placement Algorithms—Survey and Comparison

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In this article we summarize some
aperiodic checkpoint placement algorithms for a software system over infinite
and finite operation time horizons, and compare them in terms of computational
accuracy. The underlying problem is formulated as the maximization of
steady-state system availability and is to determine the optimal aperiodic
checkpoint sequence. We present two exact computation algorithms in both
forward and backward manners and two approximate ones; constant hazard
approximation and fluid approximation, toward this end. In numerical examples
with Weibull system failure time distribution, it is shown that the combined
algorithm with the fluid approximation can calculate effectively the exact
solutions on the optimal aperiodic checkpoint sequence.

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*Journal of Software Engineering and Applications*, Vol. 6 No. 4A, 2013, pp. 41-53. doi: 10.4236/jsea.2013.64A006.

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