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Automating System Configuration

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Speaker: Nestan Tsiskaridze, Research Engineer, Stanford University
Date: July 1, 2021

The increasing complexity of modern configurable systems makes it critical to improve the level of automation in the process of system configuration. Such automation can also improve the agility of the development cycle, allowing for rapid and automated integration of decoupled workflows.  We present a new framework for automated configuration of systems representable as state machines. The framework leverages model checking and satisfiability modulo theories (SMT) and can be applied to any application domain representable using SMT formulas.   Our approach can also be applied modularly, improving its scalability.  Furthermore, we show how optimization can be used to produce configurations that are best according to some metric and also more likely to be understandable to humans.  We showcase this framework and its flexibility by using it to configure a CGRA memory tile for various image processing applications. 

Automating System Configuration (Nestan Tsiskaridze, Stanford University)