Electric Cloud 2.0 is a software build accelerator that uses inexpensive servers operating in parallel to speed up software builds. The company, Electric Cloud, says they've seen build times shorten in different applications by as much as 20 times and that the results are the same as a sequential build.
The build accelerator distributes the software build across clusters of nodes, using a dependency management system to automatically correct any build errors due to missing dependencies or out-of-order steps. The accelerator also gives access to reports and build status, results, and configurations via the web.
Parallel builds have always created a problem because Makefiles don't contain information about their dependence on other Makefiles. The dependency issue has hindered others from developing such an accelerator, the company says, noting that the competing products have been home-brewed scripts. Electric Cloud 2.0 keeps track of dependencies at run-time by monitoring and analyzing file access during the build process.
Electric Cloud works on Sun Solaris, Red Hat Linux, and the Microsoft Windows operating systems and is plug-compatible with existing GNU Make and Microsoft NMAKE-based build environments.
Electric Cloud is available now for $50,000 for a cluster with 10 CPUs.
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