Computer Science ›› 2020, Vol. 47 ›› Issue (6): 16-23.doi: 10.11896/jsjkx.200400027

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Multi-objective Optimization Methods for Software Upgradeability Problem

ZHAO Song-hui, REN Zhi-lei, JIANG He   

  1. School of Software,Dalian University of Technology,Dalian,Liaoning 116600,China
  • Received:2020-03-07 Online:2020-06-15 Published:2020-06-10
  • About author:ZHAO Song-hui,born in 1995,postgra-duate,is a student member of China Computer Federation.His main research interests include multi-objective optimization and search-based software engineering.
    REN Zhi-lei,born in 1984,Ph.D,asso-ciate professor,is a member of China Computer Federation.His main research interests include evolutionary computation,automatic algorithm configuration,data mining,and data analysis in software engineering.

Abstract: Open-source Package management as a means of reuse of software artifacts has become extremely popular,most notably in Linux distributions.Software upgradeabilty problem is a significant challenge which package management system must resolve.This problem aims to find the most suitable upgrade scheme that satisfies upgrade requests from users.An upgrade scheme comprises of a sequence of operations,including installing,removing,and/or upgrading packages.In the existing approaches for solving this problem,multiple upgrade requests are handled in aggregate ways.Hence,a potential risk of such approaches is that,the relationships between different upgrade objectives may not be considered properly.This paper introduces a novel approach SATMOEA,which forms software upgradeability problem as a SAT plus multi-objective optimization problem and addresses this problem combining constraint solving and multi-objective search-based optimization algorithms.We evaluate it on real instances provided by MISC (Mancoosi International Solver Competitions) and obtain promising results where we can find some Pareto optimal solutions for a complex instance with myriad constraints in a single run.In comparison with other solvers,it can provide more solutions with better diversity property to satisfy requirements in different scenarios.

Key words: Software upgradeability problem, Multi-objective optimization, SAT solving, Search-based software engineering, Software repository

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  • TP311
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