Often scientists need to locate appropriate software for their problems and then select from among many alternatives. We have previously proposed an approach for dealing with this task by processing performance data of the targeted software. This approach has been tested using a customized implementation referred to as PYTHIA. This experience made us realize the complexity of the algorithmic discovery of knowledge from performance data and of the management of these data together with the discovered knowledge. To address this issue, we created PYTHIA-II -- a modular framework and system which combines a general knowledge discovery in databases (KDD) methodology and recommender system technologies to provide advice about scientific software/hardware artifacts. The functionality and effectiveness of the system is demonstrated for two existing performance studies using sets of software for solving partial differential equations. From the end-user perspective, PYTHIA-II allows users to specify the problem to be solved and their computational objectives. In turn, PYTHIA-II (i) selects the software available for the user’s problem (ii) suggests parameter values, and (iii) assesses the recommendation provided. PYTHIA-II provides all the necessary facilities to set up database schemas for testing suites and associated performance data in order to test sets of software. Moreover, it allows easy interfacing of alternative data mining and recommendation facilities. PYTHIA-II is an open-ended system implemented on public domain software and has been used for performance evaluation in several different problem domains.

This software is also peer reviewed by journal TOMS.

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  1. Jessup, Elizabeth; Motter, Pate; Norris, Boyana; Sood, Kanika: Performance-based numerical solver selection in the lighthouse framework (2016)
  2. Smith-Miles, Kate; Baatar, Davaatseren: Exploring the role of graph spectra in graph coloring algorithm performance (2014)
  3. Smith-Miles, Kate; Lopes, Leo: Measuring instance difficulty for combinatorial optimization problems (2012)
  4. Oleari, Carlo; Reina, Laura: $W^\pm b \barb$ production in POWHEG (2011)
  5. ElKacimi, M.; Goujdami, D.; Przysiezniak, H.; Skands, P.: One universal extra dimension in PYTHIA (2010)
  6. Torrielli, Paolo; Frixione, Stefano: Matching NLO QCD computations with PYTHIA using MC@NLO (2010)
  7. Hütsi, G.; Hektor, A.; Raidal, M.: Constraints on leptonically annihilating dark matter from reionization and extragalactic gamma background (2009)
  8. Sjöstrand, Torbjörn; Mrenna, Stephen; Skands, Peter: A brief introduction to PYTHIA 8.1 (2008)
  9. Cavaglià, M.; Godang, R.; Cremaldi, L.; Summers, D.: Catfish: A Monte Carlo simulator for black holes at the LHC (2007)
  10. Guo, Haipeng; Hsu, William H.: A machine learning approach to algorithm selection for $\calNP$-hard optimization problems: a case study on the MPE problem (2007)
  11. Li, Der-Chiang; Wu, Chih-Sen; Tsai, Tung-I; Lina, Yao-San: Using mega-trend-diffusion and artificial samples in small data set learning for early flexible manufacturing system scheduling knowledge (2007)
  12. Golonka, P.; Pierzchaa, T.; Ws, Z.: MC-TESTER: a universal tool for comparisons of Monte Carlo predictions for particle decays in high energy physics (2004)
  13. Houstis, E.N.; Catlin, A.C.; Dhanjani, N.; Rice, J.R.; Ramakrishnan, N.; Verykios, V.: MyPYTHIA: a recommendation portal for scientific software and services (2002)
  14. Ramakrishnan, Naren; Rice, John R.; Houstis, Elias N.: GAUSS: an online algorithm selection system for numerical quadrature (2002)
  15. Ramakrishnan, N.; Watson, L.T.; Kafura, D.G.; Ribbens, C.J.; Shaffer, C.A.: Programming environments for multidisciplinary grid communities (2002)
  16. Bellagamba, Lorenzo: LQGENEP: A leptoquark generator for $ep$ scattering (2001)
  17. Bertini, Marc; Lönnblad, Leif; Sjöstrand, Torbjörn: PYTHIA version 7-0. 0 -- a proof-of-concept version (2001)
  18. Sjöstrand, Torbjörn; Edén, Patrik; Friberg, Christer; Lönnblad, Leif; Miu, Gabriela; Mrenna, Stephen; Norrbin, Emanuel: High-energy-physics event generation with PYTHIA 6. 1 (2001)
  19. Boisvert, Ronald F.: Mathematical software: Past, present, and future (2000)
  20. Houstis, Elias N.; Catlin, Ann C.; Rice, John R.; Verykios, Vassilios S.; Ramakrishnan, Naren; Houstis, Catherine E.: PYTHIA-II: a knowledge/database system for managing performance data and recommending scientific software (2000)

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