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2017 47th Annual IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN) (2017)
Denver, CO, United States
June 26, 2017 to June 29, 2017
ISSN: 2158-3927
ISBN: 978-1-5386-0542-4
pp: 543-550
ABSTRACT
Software systems research relies on experimental evaluation to assess the effectiveness of newly developed solutions. However, the existing evaluation frameworks are rigid (do not allow creation of new experiments), often simplistic (may not reveal issues that appear in real-world applications), and can be inconsistent (do not guarantee reproducibility of experiments across platforms). This paper presents Fex, a software systems evaluation framework that addresses these limitations. Fex is extensible (can be easily extended with custom experiment types), practical (supports composition of different benchmark suites and real-world applications), and reproducible (it is built on container technology to guarantee the same software stack across platforms). We show that Fex achieves these design goals with minimal end-user effort - for instance, adding Nginx web-server to evaluation requires only 160 LoC. Going forward, we discuss the architecture of the framework, explain its interface, show common usage scenarios, and evaluate the efforts for writing various custom extensions.
INDEX TERMS
Benchmark testing, Tools, Libraries, Software systems, Security, Containers
CITATION

O. Oleksenko, D. Kuvaiskii, P. Bhatotia and C. Fetzer, "Fex: A Software Systems Evaluator," 2017 47th Annual IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN), Denver, CO, United States, 2017, pp. 543-550.
doi:10.1109/DSN.2017.25
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