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Hansie: Hybrid and consensus regression test prioritization
, Mondal S.
Published in Elsevier
2021
Volume: 172
   
Abstract
Traditionally, given a test-suite and the underlying system-under-test, existing test-case prioritization heuristics report a permutation of the original test-suite that is seemingly best according to their criteria. However, we observe that a single heuristic does not perform optimally in all possible scenarios, given the diverse nature of software and its changes. Hence, multiple individual heuristics exhibit effectiveness differently. Interestingly, together, the heuristics bear the potential of improving the overall regression test selection across scenarios. In this paper, we pose the test-case prioritization as a rank aggregation problem from social choice theory. Our solution approach, named Hansie, is two-flavored: one involving priority-aware hybridization, and the other involving priority-blind computation of a consensus ordering from individual prioritizations. To speed-up test-execution, Hansie executes the aggregated test-case orderings in a parallel multi-processed manner leveraging regular windows in the absence of ties, and irregular windows in the presence of ties. We show the benefit of test-execution after prioritization and introduce a cost-cognizant metric (EPL) for quantifying overall timeline latency due to load-imbalance arising from uniform or non-uniform parallelization windows. We evaluate Hansie on 20 open-source subjects totaling 287,530 lines of source code, 69,305 test-cases, and with parallelization support of up to 40 logical CPUs. © 2020 Elsevier Inc.
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JournalData powered by TypesetJournal of Systems and Software
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