Some upcoming features of SPMF 2.54

Today, I will reveal some upcoming features of SPMF, which I am currently testing and will be released in the next version (2.54), probably in about 1 week.

1) The first new feature is that it will be possible to launch an algorithm in a separated virtual machine instead of using a thread in the same virtual machine. This option is useful for running performance experiments as it ensures that a new virtual machine is used for each algorithm execution. This avoids the problem that the memory is not released by the Java Garbage collector.

2) The second new feature is a time limit. It will now be possible to set a maximum time limit and to kill an algorithm automatically after exceeding that time limit.

The features are already implemented and I have tested them on Windows. I will be testing them on Linux later to see if it also works before releasing them.

If you have any suggestions for other features, you may leave a comment in the comment section below. I am happy to receive any comments to improve the software 🙂


Philippe Fournier-Viger is a distinguished professor working in China and founder of the SPMF open source data mining software.

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