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Electric Cloud Expands Support for Parallelism

Electric Cloud has expanded its ElectricAccelerator to include "Electrify", a feature that provides parallel processing for virtually any software production task, and subbuild technology, which helps developers avoid unnecessary builds altogether.

ElectricAccelerator uses patented technology to safely speed development tasks by running them in parallel on private or public compute clouds. ElectricAccelerator 5.0 brings the benefits of parallelization it first applied to software builds to a variety of new development tools and tasks. Its Electrify feature lets developers use parallel processing to improve the performance of many software production tools and tasks.

In addition to now supporting build tools like MSBuild, SCons and homegrown systems, Electrify creates an all-purpose private compute cloud. Developers can apply the power of parallel computing to new tasks like parallel testing or data modeling, and they can do it at their desktop, in a private cloud or on a dedicated server.

For example, teams standardizing on tools like SCons can apply the benefits of centralization to provide faster builds than individual multicore servers can offer, while at the same time reducing hardware costs and server sprawl by using fewer actual machines. Supporting multiple configurations also becomes demonstrably easier, as the virtualization capabilities of ElectricAccelerator permit zero-configuration support for changing developer environments. Development teams retain full control over their tools and environments, while IT is released from the headache of supporting a variety of configurations.

"Our goal is to remove the bottlenecks in software production wherever they exist," said Electric Cloud's Mike Maciag. "ElectricAccelerator speeds Make, NMAKE, Visual Studio and Ant builds by 10-20x. With Electrify we are broadening the technology to enable these benefits for virtually any compute-intensive development task."

ElectricAccelerator 5.0 also adds subbuilds, allowing developers avoid unnecessary work by automatically reducing a build to the smallest subset of critical changes. Its subbuild technology identifies and builds only the components that are essential to a developer's current focus. The result is fewer broken builds and the ability to compile and test frequently without affecting the rest of the team. Subbuilds are also part of Electric Cloud's free developer build tool, SparkBuild.

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