Distributed computing is associated with resources that span across multiple computers, with communications centralized via a network. Microsoft's MoDist tool is designed to handle distributed systems.
Roy Levin, Director, Silicon Valley Lab showcased the tool at the Microsoft Research Road Show in Silicon Valley at the end of the past week. MoDist is, of course, a project of Microsoft Research Silicon Valley. "This is a tool that goes in and intercepts on each of those computers the place where they call through on a core interface, the WIN API in this case, and then there's a controlling machine that basically intercepts all of those requests and basically drives unexpected events back. So it causes packets to be dropped, or it causes wrong answers to happen, or simply simulates a crash, or whatever," Levin explained.