AuthorsM. Harman, W. Langdon, Y. Jia, D. White, A. Arcuri and J. Clark
TitleThe GISMOE Challenge: Constructing the Pareto Program Surface Using Genetic Programming to Find Better Programs
AfilliationSoftware Engineering, Software Engineering, Software Engineering
Project(s)The Certus Centre (SFI)
Publication TypeProceedings, non-refereed
Year of Publication2012
Conference NameIEEE/ACM International Conference On Automated Software Engineering (ASE)
Place Published.

Optimising programs for non-functional properties such as speed, size, throughput, power consumption and bandwidth can be demanding; pity the poor programmer who is asked to cater for them all at once! We set out an alternate vi- sion for a new kind of software development environment inspired by recent results from Search Based Software Engi- neering (SBSE). Given an input program that satises the functional requirements, the proposed programming envi- ronment will automatically generate a set of candidate pro- gram implementations, all of which share functionality, but each of which di er in their non-functional trade o s. The software designer navigates this diverse Pareto surface of candidate implementations, gaining insight into the trade o s and selecting solutions for di erent platforms and en- vironments, thereby stretching beyond the reach of current compiler technologies. Rather than having to focus on the details required to manage complex, inter-related and con- icting, non-functional trade o s, the designer is thus freed to explore, to understand, to control and to decide rather than to construct.