James S. Plank
Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, John
G. Webster, editor, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, volume 17,
A derivation of the paper appears as
Technical Report UT-CS-97-372,
University of Tennessee, July 1997.
Checkpointing is the act of saving the state of a running program so
that it may be reconstructed later in time. It is an important basic
functionality in computing systems that paves the way for powerful
tools in many fields of computer science.
This article provides a comprehensive overview of
checkpointing in uniprocessor and parallel processing systems,
including definitions, uses of checkpointing, and
Also included in this overview is
a brief discussion of checkpoint consistency,
which is a major concern in parallel processing systems, and a
thorough discussion of issues related to the performance of checkpointing.
It is intended that the reader of this article should receive a
thorough grounding in checkpointing, with enough detail to implement
an efficient checkpointer if so desired.
- Plain Text:
author J. S. Plank
title Program Diagnostics
booktitle Wiley Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
editor John G. Webster
publisher John Wiley \& Sons, Inc.
address New York
author = "J. S. Plank",
title = "Program Diagnostics",
booktitle = "Wiley Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronics Engineering",
editor = "John G. Webster",
Volume = "17",
publisher = "John Wiley \& Sons, Inc.",
year = "1999",
address = "New York",
pages = "300-310"