Full-system simulators like Simics provide unparalleled insight into what is going on in a target system. Indeed, better insight is one of the main features of simulation that we get regardless of what we simulate and how. In addition, if we want to, we can also exert control over the target system to make it take different execution paths than it otherwise would. Earlier this year, Ben Blum at Carnegie-Mellon University CMU presented a Master’s thesis that provides a very good example of just what can be achieved by combing the insight and control of a simulator with intelligence and domain knowledge. The system is called Landslide, and it is used to expose race conditions inside of operating-system kernels.