Intellectics Group: Technical Report 03-10
TefoA - Testbed for Algorithms
Klaus Varrentrapp and Jürgen Henge-Ernst
Conducting computational experiments and analyzing their results in a sound manner can
be tedious. Experiments have to be carried out, i.e. algorithms in various
configurations with several inputs and repetitions have to be run. Results have to be
analyzed from different perspectives, including a statistical evaluation. The main
workload thereby consists or data management tasks. As nearly every scientist uses
individual tools to conduct experiments, it is very difficult and almost impossible to
share experimental results or to reproduce experimental results by other scientists.
This document describes the usage and assembly of a testbed for conducting
computational experiments with algorithms which automates recurring tasks. This
testbed is intended to help to reduce repeating work, aid in searching for data and
enable sharing data for all relevant aspects of computational experiments.