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TABLIX(1)						       Tablix User's Manual							 TABLIX(1)

NAME
tablix2_plot - Tablix data plotter SYNOPSIS
tablix2_plot command [ options ] DESCRIPTION
Tablix is a powerful free software kernel for solving general timetabling problems. It uses a coarse-grained parallel genetic algorithm in combi- nation with other techniques to construct sensible timetables from XML formatted problem descriptions. Tablix can run on a single host as well as on a heterogeneous parallel virtual machine using PVM3. tablix2_plot can be used to plot various types of population convergence graphs using data in files usually named conv0.txt , conv1.txt , ... Tablix will save convergence data into these files if it was compiled with the --enable-conv option. These graphs can be useful for example to get a rough estimate of time required to solve a particular problem (note that tablix2_plot can be safely used with files that are still written to by a running Tablix session). Graphs are plotted with gnuplot using the default output terminal (which is in most cases a X11 display). Encapsulated postscript files can be obtained by setting EPSOUTPUT environment variable. Scalable vector graphics files can be obtained by setting SVGOUTPUT environment variable. The contents of these variables are used by tablix2_plot as a file name to write to. OPTIONS
tablix2_plot --conv-fitness [ --scale SCALE ] [ PREFIX ] ... Plot population convergence graph using convergence data in files conv*.txt in the current directory. One line is drawn for each computing node. It shows the fitness value of the best timetable versus generation count. Use the PREFIX option, if you used the -o option with Tablix. You can use more than one PREFIX option to plot multiple convergence graphs in one window. Use the SCALE option to adjust the vertical scale. tablix2_plot --fit-fitness [ --scale SCALE ] [ PREFIX ] ... Same as --conv-fitness above, except that an exponential function is also drawn on the graph using least squares fitting. This can be used to get a rough estimate of the time required to find a solution. The SCALE parameter is used to adjust the horizontal scale in this case. tablix2_plot --functions [ --scale SCALE ] CONVFILE Plot the return value of each fitness function versus generation count. Return values of mandatory fitness functions are plotted with thicker lines. CONVFILE must be a file with Tablix population convergence data (usually named conv*.txt ). Use the SCALE option to adjust the vertical scale. EXAMPLES
If Tablix was started with the following command: tablix2 -o u1_ sample.xml then the following command plots the population convergence graph: tablix2_plot --conv-fitness u1_ Encapsulated postscript version of the same graph can be obtained with the following command in bash shell: EPSOUTPUT="graph.eps" tablix2_plot --conv-fitness u1_ To see which mandatory restriction is preventing Tablix from finding the solution, use the per module plot, possibly with a small vertical scale: tablix2_plot --functions --scale 100 u1_conv0.txt BUGS
In addition to gnuplot tablix2_plot utility depends on a number of common UNIX programs (mktemp, grep, sed, awk, ...) that may not be available on all systems. The script is not currently capable of properly detecting if any required programs are missing. AUTHOR
Tomaz Solc (tomaz.solc@tablix.org) SEE ALSO
tablix2(1), Tablix User's Manual, Tablix modules HOWTO, Tablix on Morphix HOWTO Tomaz Solc 2005-09-03 TABLIX(1)

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TABLIX(1)						       Tablix User's Manual							 TABLIX(1)

NAME
tablix2_benchmark - Tablix benchmark utility SYNOPSIS
tablix2_benchmark benchmark [ options ] " Tablix options " file DESCRIPTION
Tablix is a powerful free software kernel for solving general timetabling problems. It uses a coarse-grained parallel genetic algorithm in combi- nation with other techniques to construct sensible timetables from XML formatted problem descriptions. Tablix can run on a single host as well as on a heterogeneous parallel virtual machine using PVM3. tablix2_benchmark is used to test the effect of different Tablix command line options on the final result. In most tests Tablix is started multi- ple times with the same input file to provide more reliable results. Each time Tablix is started, three variables are measured: the fitness value of the resulting timetable, serial number of the last generation and elapsed time (in seconds). When a test is finished, the average for each variable, as well as the maximum and minimum values are printed on standard output. The exact format depends on each test. The actual timetables that are generated during these tests are stored under a temporary file names in the current directory and are deleted after tablix2_benchmark exits. In some cases tests can take several days to complete. Because the genetic algorithm can in some cases go into an endless loop, it is always advisable to limit Tablix execution time with the -t option. This way at least the maximum execution time for a test can be calculated. tablix2_benchmark will detect when the time limit set by the -t option was reached. This information will be included in the final statistics. OPTIONS
The following tests are supported: tablix2_benchmark --single ";OPTIONS" file Execute a single Tablix run using and print the results. OPTIONS parameter is mandatory and contains options that will be passed to the tablix2 process. tablix2_benchmark --multiple N ";OPTIONS" FILE Execute N Tablix runs and print the statistics. OPTIONS parameter is mandatory and contains options that will be passed to the tablix2 process. tablix2_benchmark --graph START STEP STOP ";OPTIONS" FILE Execute multiple Tablix runs. The character " N " in OPTIONS is substituted for an integer that is changed from START to STOP by STEP . Output is gnuplot friendly. tablix2_benchmark --multi-graph M START STEP STOP ";OPTIONS" FILE Execute multiple Tablix runs. The character " N " in OPTIONS is substituted for an integer that is changed from START to STOP by STEP . M Tablix runs are executed for each value of N . Output is gnuplot friendly (use errorbars). EXAMPLES
The following test can be for example used to see the minimum grade, that can be reached with this configuration file: tablix2_benchmark --multiple 5 "-t 90 -n 5" sample.xml Tablix will be started five times. Each time with five computing nodes and with 90 minute time limit. tablix2_benchmark can also provide useful data for developers. Following test can be used to check the effect of the number of computing nodes on the total time required to obtain the result: tablix2_benchmark --multi-graph 5 1 1 10 "-t 90 -n N" sample.xml > stats.txt Tablix will be started 50 times. 5 times for each value of N (which in this case means the number of nodes). Ten values of N will be probed: from 1 to 10 with steps of 1. The output will be redirected to stats.txt . A graph of average computing time versus number of nodes can then be pro- duced in gnuplot with the following command: plot "test.txt" using ($1):($8):($9):($10) with yerrorbars BUGS
tablix2_benchmark utility depends on a number of common UNIX programs (mktemp, grep, sed, awk, ...) that may not be available on all systems. The script is not currently capable of properly detecting if any required programs are missing. AUTHOR
Tomaz Solc (tomaz.solc@tablix.org) SEE ALSO
tablix2(1), Tablix User's Manual, Tablix modules HOWTO, Tablix on Morphix HOWTO Tomaz Solc 2005-09-03 TABLIX(1)
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