Optimization of the product configuration system of Renault


The problem of configuring a variability model is widespread in many different domains. Renault has developed its technology internally to model vehicle diversity. This technology relies on the approach known as knowledge compilation to explore the configurations space. However, the growing variability and complexity of the vehicles’ range hardens the space representation problem and impacts performance requirements. This paper tackles these issues by exploiting symmetries that represent isomorphic parts in the configurations space. A new method describes how these symmetries are exploited and integrated. The extensive experiments we conducted on datasets from the automobile manufacturer show our approach’s robustness and effectiveness: the achieved gain is a reduction of 52.13% in space representation on average.