SimCad: An extensible and faster clone detection tool for large scale software systems

Md. Sharif Uddin, Chanchal K. Roy, Kevin A. Schneider
<span title="">2013</span> <i title="IEEE"> <a target="_blank" rel="noopener" href="https://fatcat.wiki/container/cmtxa734ezfojns2jrwgh64rym" style="color: black;">2013 21st International Conference on Program Comprehension (ICPC)</a> </i> &nbsp;
Code cloning is an inevitable phenomenon in evolution of software systems. To reduce the harmful effects of clones in software evolution, they need to be identified correctly as well in a time efficient way. There might be various types of clones in a software system. Earlier research shows detection of near-miss clones in large datasets appears to be costly in terms of time and memory. Among the clone detection tools available in practice, not very many of them are found effective in that
more &raquo; ... d. In this paper we present a standalone clone detection tool SimCad. It is based on a highly scalable and faster clone detection algorithm designed to detect both exact and near-miss clones in largescale software systems. One of the potential aspects of SimCad is that its clone detection function is made more portable by packaging it into a library called SimLib. Thus, SimLib now can be used as an off-the-shelf clone detection library that can be easily integrated into other applications that are designed to work based on detected clones. For example, a standalone tool or an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) plugin can use SimLib for realtime clone detection while providing its own services like clone visualization and/or clone management functionalities. We hope that both researchers and developers would enjoy and utilize the benefit of using these tools in different aspects of detection and management of clones in software.
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