ElectricAccelerator vs. distcc, round 2: MySQL

Previously we have compared the performance of ElectricAccelerator and distcc when building the Linux 2.6 kernel. In what I hope will be the first of several followups, I will repeat the experiment with different software packages, to determine whether that result was a one-off, or whether ElectricAccelerator really is consistently...

ElectricMake Temporary Directory Settings

This post was originally included as part of the 2008 Customer Summit presentation on ElectricAcclerator Performance Tuning In some earlier posts, we've looked at some of the performance metrics that ElectricAccelerator agents collect and how you can use that information to understand the performance of your build. In this post,...

Andy Glew on the need for discovered dependencies

Andy Glew's written a piece over on his blog opining about the need for automatic discovery of dependencies and some applications of having that data. Understanding dependencies is a requirement for any (reasonable) build tool, and all build tools allow the specification of dependencies - even shell script: specifying a...

Automatic Dependency Management with ElectricAccelerator

One of the well known problems with make is that it's a real nuisance to completely specify all the dependencies in your project. For example, if you have a file main.c in your project, you probably already have a dependency like this in your makefile: [crayon-5df684ee6d497733214144/] However, if main.c includes...

Untangling Parallel Build Logs

I spend most of my time with ElectricAccelerator working on the "big" features -- performance, scalability, fault-tolerance. It's easy to forget that there are a ton of "little" features that can themselves make a big difference in the value of the system. Case in point: the build log. If you...

How to Champion a Successful Software Purchase

Hello, my name is Dax Farhang. I am the Product Manager, responsible for ElectricCommander. From time to time I will post my thoughts on the software industry, the Software Product Management space, and Electric Cloud’s software solutions. I might even toss some darts at our competition if the appropriate mood...

ElectricAccelerator Agent Metrics, part 2

ElectricAccelerator agent metrics provide a tremendous amount of data that you can use to analyze and improve the performance of your builds. Last time we saw how to collect the metrics and we explored the data presented in the Overall time usage section. This time, we'll look at the data...

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