Comparison of Exact and Approximate Multi-Objective Optimization for Software Product Lines
Olaechea Velazco, Rafael Ernesto
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Software product lines (SPLs) manage product variants in a systematical way and allow stakeholders to derive variants by selecting features. Finding a desirable variant is hard, due to the huge configuration space and usually conflicting objectives (e.g., lower cost and higher performance). This scenario can be reduced to a multi-objective optimization prob- lem in SPLs. We address the problem using an exact and an approximate algorithm and compare their accuracy, time consumption, scalability and parameter setting requirements on five case studies with increasing complexity. Our empirical results show that (1) it is feasible to use exact techniques for small SPL multi-objective optimization problems, and (2) approximate methods can be used for large problems but require substantial effort to find the best parameter settings for acceptable approximation. Finally, we discuss the tradeoff between accuracy and time consumption when using exact and approximate techniques for SPL multi-objective optimization and guide stakeholders to choose one or the other in practice.