On the Relation of External and Internal Feature Interactions: A Case Study [article]

Sergiy Kolesnikov, Norbert Siegmund, Christian Kästner, Sven Apel
2018 arXiv   pre-print
Detecting feature interactions is imperative for accurately predicting performance of highly-configurable systems. State-of-the-art performance prediction techniques rely on supervised machine learning for detecting feature interactions, which, in turn, relies on time consuming performance measurements to obtain training data. By providing information about potentially interacting features, we can reduce the number of required performance measurements and make the overall performance prediction
more » ... process more time efficient. We expect that the information about potentially interacting features can be obtained by statically analyzing the source code of a highly-configurable system, which is computationally cheaper than performing multiple performance measurements. To this end, we conducted a qualitative case study in which we explored the relation between control-flow feature interactions (detected through static program analysis) and performance feature interactions (detected by performance prediction techniques using performance measurements). We found that a relation exists, which can potentially be exploited to predict performance interactions.
arXiv:1712.07440v2 fatcat:sgrhbrxyqbf3xohmkwq376xh3i