RUGRAT: Evaluating program analysis and testing tools and compilers with large generated random benchmark applications

Ishtiaque Hussain, Christoph Csallner, Mark Grechanik, Qing Xie, Sangmin Park, Kunal Taneja, B. M. Mainul Hossain

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Benchmarks are heavily used in different areas of computer science to evaluate algorithms and tools. In program analysis and testing, open-source and commercial programs are routinely used as benchmarks to evaluate different aspects of algorithms and tools. Unfortunately, many of these programs are written by programmers who introduce different biases, not to mention that it is very difficult to find programs that can serve as benchmarks with high reproducibility of results. We propose a novel approach for generating random benchmarks for evaluating program analysis and testing tools and compilers. Our approach uses stochastic parse trees, where language grammar production rules are assigned probabilities that specify the frequencies with which instantiations of these rules will appear in the generated programs. We implemented our tool for Java and applied it to generate a set of large benchmark programs of up to 5M lines of code each with which we evaluated different program analysis and testing tools and compilers. The generated benchmarks let us independently rediscover several issues in the evaluated tools.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-431
Number of pages27
JournalSoftware - Practice and Experience
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2016


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software

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