FSE 2016 All Events

24th ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE 2016), November 13–18, 2016, Seattle, WA, USA

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Session 14: Build and Configuration
Research Papers
Emerald 2, Chair: John Penix
iGen: Dynamic Interaction Inference for Configurable Software
ThanhVu Nguyen, Ugur Koc, Javran Cheng, Jeffrey S. Foster, and Adam A. Porter
(University of Maryland at College Park, USA)
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Abstract: To develop, analyze, and evolve today's highly configurable software systems, developers need deep knowledge of a system's configuration options, e.g., how options need to be set to reach certain locations, what configurations to use for testing, etc. Today, acquiring this detailed information requires manual effort that is difficult, expensive, and error prone. In this paper, we propose iGen, a novel, lightweight dynamic analysis technique that automatically discovers a program's interactions---expressive logical formulae that give developers rich and detailed information about how a system's configuration option settings map to particular code coverage. iGen employs an iterative algorithm that runs a system under a small set of configurations, capturing coverage data; processes the coverage data to infer potential interactions; and then generates new configurations to further refine interactions in the next iteration. We evaluated iGen on 29 programs spanning five languages; the breadth of this study would be unachievable using prior interaction inference tools. Our results show that iGen finds precise interactions based on a very small fraction of the number of possible configurations. Moreover, iGen's results confirm several earlier hypotheses about typical interaction distributions and structures.


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