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ICSE 2020
Wed 24 June - Thu 16 July 2020
Tue 7 Jul 2020 07:00 - 07:12 at Silla - I3-SEIS-Engineering tools for Society Chair(s): Seok-Won Lee

Developers of deep learning applications (shortened as application developers) commonly use deep learning frameworks in their projects. However, due to time pressure, market competition, and cost reduction, developers of deep learning frameworks (shortened as framework developers) often have to sacrifice software quality to satisfy a shorter completion time. This practice leads to technical debt in deep learning frameworks, which results in the increasing burden to both the application developers and the framework developers in future development.

In this paper, we analyze the comments indicating technical debt (self-admitted technical debt) in 7 of the most popular open-source deep learning frameworks. Although framework developers are aware of such technical debt, typically the application developers are not. We find that: 1) there is technical debt in all the studied deep learning frameworks. 2) there is design debt, defect debt, documentation debt, test debt, requirement debt, compatibility debt, and algorithm debt in deep learning frameworks. 3) the majority of the technical debt in deep learning framework is design debt (24.07% - 65.27%), followed by requirement debt (7.09% - 31.48%) and algorithm debt (5.62% - 20.67%). In some projects, compatibility debt accounts for more than 10%. These findings illustrate that technical debt is common in deep learning frameworks, and many types of technical debt also impact the deep learning applications. Based on our findings, we highlight future research directions and provide recommendations for practitioners.

Tue 7 Jul
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07:00 - 08:00: I3-SEIS-Engineering tools for SocietySoftware Engineering in Society at Silla
Chair(s): Seok-Won LeeAjou University
07:00 - 07:12
Talk
Software Engineering in Society
Jiakun LiuZhejiang University, Qiao HuangZhejiang University, Xin XiaMonash University, Emad ShihabConcordia University, David LoSingapore Management University, Shanping LiZhejiang University
07:12 - 07:24
Talk
Software Engineering in Society
Rifat ShamsMonash University, Waqar HussainMonash University, Gillian OliverFaculty of Information Technology, Monash University, Harsha PereraMonash University, Arif NurwidyantoroFaculty of Information Technology, Monash University, Jon WhittleMonash University
07:24 - 07:36
Talk
Software Engineering in Society
Dzifa AmetowoblaTU Berlin, Department of Sociology, Lutz PrecheltFreie Universität Berlin
07:36 - 07:48
Talk
Software Engineering in Society
José Miguel Pérez-ÁlvarezNAVER LABS Europe, Adrian MosNAVER LABS Europe
07:48 - 08:00
Talk
Software Engineering in Society
Julie DugdaleUniversity of Grenoble Alps, Mahyar Tourchi MoghaddamUniversity of L'Aquila / INRIA, Henry MucciniUniversity of L'Aquila, Italy