The Distributed open reliable systems analysis lab (DORSAL) is part of the Software engineering and computer engineering department of École Polytechnique de Montréal.
Research done at the lab concentrates on improving the performance, reliability and resilience of distributed multi-core systems. Very close to the industry, the DORSAL has several partners including Ericsson, Google, Defence Research and Development Canada, IBM, Red Hat, Novell, Debian and the Eclipse Foundation.
The results of the research conducted at the DORSAL are made available to everyone through open source software for Linux and other platforms. For example, the LTTng project is a direct consequence of this research. In addition, several enhancements to the Linux kernel are now part of the mainline kernel distribution (markers, tracepoints). Furthermore, SuSE Linux, Ubuntu and Debian have included in their distribution some of the software developed at the DORSAL.