VDTest: An Automated Framework to Support Testing for Virtual Devices

@article{Yu2016VDTestAA,
  title={VDTest: An Automated Framework to Support Testing for Virtual Devices},
  author={Tingting Yu and Xiao Qu and Myra B. Cohen},
  journal={2016 IEEE/ACM 38th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE)},
  year={2016},
  pages={583-594}
}
The use of virtual devices in place of physical hardware is increasing in activities such as design, testing and debugging. Yet virtual devices are simply software applications, and like all software they are prone to faults. A full system simulator (FSS), is a class of virtual machine that includes a large set of virtual devices – enough to run the full target software stack. Defects in an FSS virtual device may have cascading effects as the incorrect behavior can be propagated forward to many… 

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