Online GANs for Automatic Performance Testing

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In this paper we present a novel algorithm for automatic performance testing that uses an online variant of the Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) to optimize the test generation process. The objective of the proposed approach is to generate, for a given test budget, a test suite containing a high number of tests revealing performance defects. This is achieved using a GAN to generate the tests and predict their outcome. This GAN is trained online while generating and executing the tests. The proposed approach does not require a prior training set or model of the system under test. We provide an initial evaluation the algorithm using an example test system, and compare the obtained results with other possible approaches.We consider that the presented algorithm serves as a proof of concept and we hope that it can spark a research discussion on the application of GANs to test generation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 IEEE International Conference on Software Testing, Verification and Validation Workshops (ICSTW)
ISBN (Print)978-1-6654-4457-6
Publication statusPublished - 2021
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Software Testing, Validation and Verification Workshops (ICSTW) 2021: International Workshop on Testing Extra-Functional Properties and Quality Characteristics of Software Systems - Sao Paolo, Brazil
Duration: 12 Apr 202112 Apr 2021


ConferenceInternational Conference on Software Testing, Validation and Verification Workshops (ICSTW) 2021
Abbreviated titleICSTW-ITEQS 2021
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