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Setting up an Experiment

There are (at least) three things involved in setting up a computational experiment. The first, very important one, is establishing a revision control repository for the source files that are used to construct the executable (i.e., the source code and the makefile(s)). This is necessary to assure that experiments are reproducible. Our tools are designed assuming CVS is used for this version control. It is possible to use the tools without source code revision control, but this is, of course, not what we recommend. The accompanying tutorial for our tools gives a brief introduction to the use of CVS for those not familiar with it.

The other two things to be set up are the instruments that record the relevant environmental context and the executable and its input that will serve as the experiment. Our tool set provides assistance for both of these setup tasks.


Tobias Polzin 2003-05-30