Benefits of Plugin-Based Heuristic Optimization Software Systems

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer Aided Systems Theory - EUROCAST 2007 - 11th International Conference on Computer Aided Systems Theory, Revised Selected Papers
PublisherIUCTC Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783540758662
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2007
EventInternational Conference Computer Aided Systems Theory EUROCAST 2007 - Las Palmas, Spain
Duration: 12 Feb 200717 Feb 2007

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume4739 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceInternational Conference Computer Aided Systems Theory EUROCAST 2007
CityLas Palmas
Internet address


  • Heuristic Optimization
  • Plugins
  • Software Development
  • Software Architecture


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