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  1. Networks are pervasive in society: infrastructures (e.g., telephone), commercial sectors (e.g., banking), and biological and genomic systems can be represented as networks. Consequently, there are software libraries that analyze networks. Containers (e.g., Docker, Singularity), which hold both runnable codes and their execution environments, are increasingly utilized by analysts to run codes in a platform-independent fashion. Portability is further enhanced by not only providing software library methods, but also the driver code (i.e., main() method) for each library method. In this way, a user only has to know the invocation for the main() method that is in the container. In this work, we describe an automated approach for generating a main() method for each software library method. A single intermediate representation (IR) format is used for all library methods, and one IR instance is populated for one library method by parsing its comments and method signature. An IR for the main() method is generated from that for the library method. A source code generator uses the main() method IR and a set of small, hand-generated source code templates|with variables in the templates that are automatically customized for a particular library method|to produce the source code main() method. We apply our approachmore »to two widely used software libraries, SNAP and NetworkX, as exemplars, which combined have over 400 library methods.« less
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  2. Network representations of socio-physical systems are ubiquitous, examples being social (media) networks and infrastructure networks like power transmission andwater systems. The many software tools that analyze and visualize networks, and carry out simulations on them, require different graph formats. Consequently, it is important to develop software for converting graphs that are represented in a given source format into a required representation in a destination format. For network-based computations, graph conversion is a key capability that facilitates interoperability among software tools. This paper describes such a system called GraphTrans to convert graphs among different formats. This system is part of a new cyberinfrastructure for network science called We present the GraphTrans system design and implementation, results from a performance evaluation, and a case study to demonstrate its utility.
  3. We describe a software system called ExecutionManager (abbreviated EM) that controls the execution of third-party software (TPS) for analyzing networks. Based on a configuration file that contains a specification for the execution of each TPS, the system launches any number of stand-alone TPS codes, if the projected execution time and the graph size are within user-imposed limits. A system capability is to estimate the running time of a TPS code on a given network through regression analysis, to support execution decision-making by EM. We demonstrate the usefulness of EM in generating network structure parameters and distributions, and in extracting meta-data information from these results. We evaluate its performance on directed and undirected, simple and multi-edge graphs that range in size over seven orders of magnitude in numbers of edges, up to 1.5 billion edges. The software system is part of a cyberinfrastructure called for network science.
  4. We consider the simultaneous propagation of two contagions over a social network. We assume a threshold model for the propagation of the two contagions and use the formal framework of discrete dynamical systems. In particular, we study an optimization problem where the goal is to minimize the total number of infected nodes subject to a budget constraint on the total number of nodes that can be vaccinated. While this problem has been considered in the literature for a single contagion, our work considers the simultaneous propagation of two contagions. Since the optimization problem is NP-hard, we develop a heuristic based on a generalization of the set cover problem. Using experiments on three real-world networks, we compare the performance of the heuristic with some baseline methods.