Optimization Benchmarking

Release 0.8.6: Alpha

27 May 2016

Just now, we provide the alpha release of our optimizationBenchmarking.org software suite, version 0.8.6. Compared to the previous release, several issues have been improved and fixed:

  • The syntax for grouping of data by experiment parameter or instance feature values has been improved.
  • The error messages and logging information for the R engine has been improved.
  • The dockerized versions are now significantly smaller (about 40 or so MB).
  • Some components under the hood have been restructured and improved.

It comes in three flavors:

  1. evaluator/GUI
  2. dockerized evaluator/GUI
  3. evaluator/CLI

The GUI is a stand-alone server providing a web-based interface for managing your experimental data, creating meta data, and running the evaluator.

The dockerized version of the GUI comes as a, well, Docker image. This image has all the software requirements pre-installed, including the Java 8 OpenJDK, TeX Live, R, the needed R packages, and ghostscript. Using the evaluator as Docker image requires more disk space, but apart from Docker itself, you don’t need to install anything. This seems to be quite a convenient scenario to me, given that you would otherwise need to install R and several of its packages, TeX Live, and such and such, to fully enjoy all features of our system.

The CLI, i.e., the command line interface, is a only the pure evaluator component to be executed manually. This may make sense when running it as component of another, non-Java process. If you would want to use the software inside your Java program, you can just the libraries directly. If you want to know how to do that, <a href=”mailto:tweise@ustc.edu.cn>contact me</a>.

Enayway, both the GUI and the CLI come as stand-alone jars and you can run them directly via java -jar evaluatorGui.jar (in case of the GUI) and java -jar evaluator.jar in case of the evaluator. In the dockerized GUI version, this is already automatically done for you.

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Contact: Dr.  Thomas Weise, http://www.it-weise.de, tweise@ustc.edu.cn