Benefits of Plugin-Based Heuristic Optimization Software Systems


S. Wagner, S. M. Winkler, E. Pitzer, G. K. Kronberger, A. Beham, R. Braune, M. Affenzeller - Benefits of Plugin-Based Heuristic Optimization Software Systems - LECTURE NOTES IN COMPUTER SCIENCE, Vol. 4739, No. 4739, 2007, pp. 747-754


Plugin-based software systems are the next step of evolution in application development. By supporting fine grained modularity not only on the source code but also on the post-compilation level, plugin frameworks help to handle complexity, simplify application configuration and deployment, and enable users or third parties to easily enhance existing applications with self-developed modules without having access to the whole source code. In spite of these benefits, plugin-based software systems are seldom found in the area of heuristic optimization. Some reasons for this drawback are discussed, several benefits of a plugin-based heuristic optimization software system are highlighted and some ideas are shown, how a heuristic optimization meta-model as the basis of a thorough plugin infrastructure for heuristic optimization could be defined.