NTrace: Function Boundary Tracing for Windows on IA-32

with Alexander Schmidt, Martin von Löwis, and Andreas Polze. In Proceedings of the 16th Working Conference on Reverse Engineering. October 13-16, 2009, Lille, France. To appear.

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Dynamic Tracing of Windows NT Kernel Mode Components

Master’s thesis, October 2008, Hasso-Plattner-Institut, Potsdam, Germany (90 pages).

Not publicly available, please write to jpassing at acm dot org to be emailed a copy.

Other presentations and term papers

Other presentations and term papers created during my undergraduate and graduate studies.

The Google File System and its application in MapReduce

In the need for a scalable infrastructure supporting storage
and processing of large data sets, Google has developed a number of
cluster-based technologies which include the Google File System (GFS)
and MapReduce.

This paper aims at explaining the key ideas and mechansims deployed
in the Google File System and illustrates the architecture and fault tolerance
features implemented. To highlight the role of the Google File
System in Google’s software landscape, MapReduce as a technology for
data processing that leverages the services provided by GFS is presented.
Along the discussion of these systems, key di erences to other approaches
regarding design and implementation are pointed out.

Seminar Software Design, Winter term 2007/2008, Hasso Plattner Insitute for Software Systems Engineering

Requirements Engineering in the Rational Unified Process

This paper aims at providing an overview of Requirements Engineering in the context of the Rational Unified Process. After a brief introduction to the general concepts of the Rational Unified Process, the requirements-related Disciplines “Business Modeling” and “Requirements” are described in more detail.

Seminar Requirements Engineering, Summer term 2006, Hasso Plattner Insitute for Software Systems Engineering


This paper aims at describing the concepts and objectives of the persistence model Object Prevalence, before presenting and analyzing the implementation of these concepts in Prevayler. In the discussion, comparisons to Relational Database Management Systems, which Prevayler is targeted to be a substitute of, will be drawn.

Seminar Advanced Database Technonoly, Winter term 2005/2006, Hasso Plattner Insitute for Software Systems Engineering

Profiling, Monitoring and Tracing in SAP Web Application Server

After briefly describing and distinguishing the widely used terms Monitoring, Tracing, Logging and Profiling, this paper aims to describe their role in large SAP installations.
Finally, some of the monitoring and tracing features provided by the SAP Web Application Server (Web AS) for Java are presented.

Seminar Systems Modelling, Summer term 2005, Hasso Plattner Insitute for Software Systems Engineering

  • Presentation Slides (22 pages)
  • Paper (9 pages)


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About me

Johannes Passing, M.Sc., living in Berlin, Germany.

Besides his consulting work, Johannes mainly focusses on Win32, COM, and NT kernel mode development, along with Java and .Net. He also is the author of cfix, a C/C++ unit testing framework for Win32 and NT kernel mode, Visual Assert, a Visual Studio Unit Testing-AddIn, and NTrace, a dynamic function boundary tracing toolkit for Windows NT/x86 kernel/user mode code.

Contact Johannes: jpassing (at) acm org

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