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For the software engineer, the incentive to produce efficient and resource-aware software for these platforms is great, yet existing tools do not support them well in this task. It is difficult to assess the impact of decisions made at the source code level in terms of how they change a system's resource consumption. Existing tool chains, together with the very complex interactions of software and their host processors, can produce unforeseen implications at run-time of even small changes.
We could describe such a situation as an instance of programming the unprogrammable, and Genetic Programming is one solution method used for such problems. Genetic Programming, inspired by nature's ability to solve problems involving complex interactions and strong pressures on resource consumption, is a clear candidate for attacking the challenges presented in these systems. Genetic Programming facilitates the creation and manipulation of source code in a way that grants us fine control over its measurable characteristics.
In this thesis, I investigate the potential of Genetic Programming as a tool in controlling the non-functional properties of software, as a new method of designing code for low-resource systems. I demonstrate the feasibility of this approach, and investigate some of the ways Genetic Programming could be used by a practitioner. In doing so, I also identify key components that any application of Genetic Programming to such a domain will require.
I review current low-resource system optimisation, Genetic Programming and methods for simultaneously handling multiple requirements. I present a series of empirical investigations designed to provide evidence for and against a set of hypotheses regarding the success of Genetic Programming in solving problems within the low-resource systems domain. These experiments include the creation of new software, the improvement of existing software and the fine-grained control of resource usage in general.
To conclude, I review the progress made, reassess my hypotheses, and outline how these new methods can be carried forward to a wide range of applications.",
Genetic Programming entries for David Robert White