Software Catalog – Variability

In addition to the software in the highlights section, the team develops many tools and prototypes to support empirical research.
Please have a look to the sofware listed in the Inria Software Information Base about the Variability research axis of the team. (sorted in alphabetical order)

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    • Familiar is an environment for large-scale product customisation. From a model of product features (options, parameters, etc.), Familiar can automatically generate several million variants. These variants can take many forms: software, a graphical interface, a video sequence or even a manufactured product (3D printing). Familiar is particularly well suited for developing web configurators (for ordering customised products online), for providing online comparison tools and also for engineering any family of embedded or software-based products.
    • FAMILIAR (for FeAture Model scrIpt Language for manIpulation and Automatic Reasoning) is a language for importing, exporting, composing, decomposing, editing, configuring, computing "diffs", refactoring, reverse engineering, testing, and reasoning about (multiple) feature models. All these operations can be combined to realize complex variability management tasks.
      A comprehensive environment is proposed as well as integration facilities with the Java ecosystem.
  • ICML
    • Narrow a Software Product Line defining an oracle specific to an aim (i.e., the choices I made for my Linux kernel allow its compilation and its usage) and using Machine Learning inference
  • MatrixMiner
    • MatrixMiner is a tool for automatically synthesizing product comparison matrices (PCMs) from a set of product descriptions written in natural language. MatrixMiner is capable of identifying and organizing features and values in a PCM – despite the informality and absence of structure in the textual descriptions of products.

      Users can exploit MatrixMiner to visualize the matrix through a Web editor and review, refine, or complement the cell values thanks to the traceability with the original product descriptions and technical specification.

  • Opencompare
    • Product comparison matrices (PCMs) are tabular data: supported and unsupported features are documented for both describing the product itself and for discriminating one product compared to another. PCMs abound – we are all using PCMs – and constitute a rich source of knowledge for easily comparing and choosing product. Yet the current practice is suboptimal both for humans and computers, mainly due to unclear semantics, heterogeneous forms of data, and lack of dedicated support. is an ambitious project for the collaborative edition, the sharing, the standardisation, and the open exploitation of PCMs. The goal of is to provide an integrated set of tools (e.g., APIs, visualizations, configurators, editors) for democratizing their creation, import, maintenance, and exploitation.