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3X: A workbench for computational experiments


3X is an open-source software tool to ease the burden of conducting computational experiments and managing data analytics, providing a standard yet configurable structure to execute a wide variety of experiments in a systematic way.



Jaeho Shin, Stanford, Jan 17, 2014.

3X: A workbench for computational experiments

3X: A tool for eXecuting eXploratory eXperiments

3X is an open-source software tool to ease the burden of conducting computational experiments and managing data analytics. 3X provides a standard yet configurable structure to execute a wide variety of experiments in a systematic way, avoiding repeated creation of ad-hoc scripts and directory hierarchies.

3X organizes the code, inputs, and outputs for an experiment. The tool submits arbitrary numbers of computational runs to a variety of different compute platforms, and supervises their execution. It records the returning results, and lets you immediately visualize the data in a variety of ways. Aggregated result data in the 3X GUI links back to individual runs, and further runs of the experiment can be driven interactively.

We are looking for new users who can benefit from the current features of 3X while providing feedback for improving and extending the tool. Our ultimate goal is to make 3X a "smart assistant" that runs experiments and analyzes results semi-automatically, so experimenters and analysts can focus their time on the more interesting aspects of their work. Currently, we are developing two features toward this end: visualization recommendations and automatic runners.

Please give 3X a try! Visit j.mp/to-3X


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