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...

How to Set Up Kernel Debugging For Windows in VMWare ESX

You’ll know from my previous blog posts that we have an extensive virtual machine infrastructure here at Electric Cloud (the Continuous Delivery company) to support our build and test process (as many of our customers do). Thought I’d share a neat trick I picked up while rolling out our system....

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...

When is Open Source not Enough?

I recently contributed an article to CM Crossroads on when (or whether) to upgrade from an open source Continuous Integration (CI) system to a fully automated enterprise system.  It’s a question we get a lot.  To help our customers assess their needs, I always start by asking these seven questions:...

Java One was Cloud Crazy

I went to Java One last week and was a bit surprised by the amount of cloud chatter. I expected to hear a lot about Larry Ellison and Scott McNealy on stage together. I expected melancholy predictions that this would be the last Java One. I did not expect to...

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