Makefile performance: built-in rules

Like any system that has evolved over many years, GNU Make is rife with appendages of questionable utility. One area this is especially noticeable is the collection of built-in rules in gmake. These rules make it possible to do things like compile a C source file to an executable without...

Are Clusters a Dying Technology?

I happened across a blog today that made the claim that accelerating builds by distributing to a cluster of computers is "a dying technology." Instead, they said, you should take advantage of increasing CPU density to enable increasing levels of parallelism in your builds — a single system with eight...

Rules with Multiple Outputs in GNU Make

I recently wrote an article for CM Crossroads exploring various strategies for handling rules that generate multiple output files in GNU make. If you've ever struggled with this problem, you should check out the article. I don't want to spoil the exciting conclusion, but it turns out that the only...

ElectricAccelerator vs. distcc: samba reloaded

ElectricAccelerator vs distcc - samba reloaded In an earlier post I compared the performance of ElectricAcclerator and distcc by building samba using each tool in turn on the same cluster. In that test I found that Accelerator bested distcc at suitably high levels of parallelism, but that distcc narrowly beat...

Public Clouds

Today we announced integrations and compatibility with public cloud computing – specifically Amazon EC2. Cloud computing is a hot topic right now, and rightly so. It provides an easy to deploy, cost-effective, scalable, on-demand computing infrastructure --very timely, given shrinking or frozen IT budgets. I can’t count the number of...

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