What is OpenAutomate?

OpenAutomate (OA) is a standard API for simplifying the testing and benchmarking of applications. Applications that provide an OpenAutomate interface, can be controlled by any testing harness that is OpenAutomate compatible, without the harness knowing any specifics about the application a priori.

The application exposes the following functionality via the OpenAutomate interface:

  • enumerating all available application options
  • querying current application option values
  • setting current application option values persistently
  • enumerating all available benchmarks (tests)
  • running benchmarks (tests) and getting resulting information
  • running an application as normal

These basic functions provide everything necessary to generically test almost any application.

Who can use OpenAutomate?

OpenAutomate can be useful for anybody interested in testing applications in an efficient fashion. These may include but are not limited to:

  • application developers
  • application publishers
  • independent hardware vendors (IHVs)
  • application reviewers
  • etc...

I'm an application developer/publisher, what can OpenAutomate do for me?

For application developers/publishers, adding OpenAutomate to your application allows the application to be used with any OpenAutomate compatible tools (e.g. oaMan). It also allows others (e.g. IHVs) to test your applications within their internal testing infrastructure with minimal custom development to integrate your application into their process.

I'm an application user, what can OpenAutomate do for me?

OpenAutomate allows manipulation of application settings, and running benchmarks/tests for all OpenAutomate-enabled applications in a standardized, and centralized way.

For example, a user running oaMan with their OpenAutomate compatible applications can:

  • create a list of benchmarks from different OA-enabled applications, each with specific settings
  • run these benchmarks in batch mode, and collect all the results in unified manner
  • save the benchmark list, and rerun it with oaMan on another machine with the same settings

The ability to query and manipulate application settings combined with the the ability to run benchmarks/tests allows for a multitude of very interesting tools that can benefit users.

Where can I get OpenAutomate?

You can find the latest release of the OpenAutomate SDK and related tools at: openautomate.com

Whom should I contact if I have problems with OpenAutomate?

Questions related to OpenAutomate should be directed by email to OpenAutomate-Support@nvidia.com.

How is OpenAutomate licensed?

The OpenAutomate SDK is made freely available for integration into any application. Please refer to the "LICENSE" file included in the root directory of the SDK for more information.

Is OpenAutomate free?

OpenAutomate is free--both as in speech and as in beer-- for anyone to integrate into their applications, tools, and testing infrastructure. The OpenAutomate SDK is provided in source form, and can be inspected and modified by anyone who is interested in doing so.

The only restriction is with the OpenAutomate name. Currently it is trademarked by NVIDIA. Any branches of the OpenAutomate SDK that are made public must either be approved by NVIDIA, or renamed to something other than OpenAutomate.

Is it difficult to integrate OpenAutomate into my application?

We've found that almost all developers can integrate OpenAutomate into their applications in less than a day, as long as they know their way around the options and benchmarking/testing functionality in their applications well enough.

The single hardest part of integrating OpenAutomate is not related to the OpenAutomate SDK; it's ensuring there is good benchmark/testing scaffolding as well as good benchmarks/tests within your application.

Can OpenAutomate add benchmarks to my application for me?

OpenAutomate is a very thin interface for querying and modify settings, as well as running benchmarks/tests. It can only expose existing benchmarks/tests within your application. It is not some magic way of adding useful tests to an existing application.

What if my application needs to restart after settings have been changed?

The OpenAutomate standard does not require that the entry executable for OpenAutomate to be the same as the main executable for your application. If your application needs to restart the application when settings are changed; it's best to create a porxy executable that exposes the OpenAutomate interface, can manipulate and query applications options, and starts and stops the main application executable when the OA_CMD_RUN_BENCHMARK command is issued.

See the "OpenAutomate Proxy Executables" section of the "OpenAutomate" document for more information.

Is OpenAutomate only for games?

Although adoption of OpenAutomate has primarily been within the game community, there is nothing specific about OpenAutomate that restricts it to games. OpenAutomate can just as easily be used with any type of application.

What is the OpenAutomate conformance test suite (oatest)?

The OpenAutomate conformance test suite (oatest) is collection of various tests included with the OpenAutomate SDK, used to ensure that an application has OpenAutomate implemented correctly. Applications must pass oatest without any test failures in order to be "OpenAutomate compatible".

Please see the "oatest" document for more information.

What operating systems does OpenAutomate support?

OpenAutomate is currently compatible with any Win32, and Win64 operating systems (e.g. WinXP, Vista, Windows 7, ...) as well as POSIX compliant platforms (e.g. Linux, Cygwin, ...). However, OpenAutomate has currently only been extensively tested and used on Windows platforms.

Is OpenAutomate restricted to usage with any particular graphics APIs (DirectX, OpenGL, etc...)

OpenAutomate can be used with any type of application (see the "Is OpenAutomate only for games?" section within this document), and is not related to graphical applications and hence any graphics APIs.

Is OpenAutomate restricted to any particular hardware?

OpenAutomate is hardware agnostic. As long as a particular hardware can run on one of the supported operating systems (see the "What operating systems does OpenAutomate support?" document), the hardware can support OpenAutomate.

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