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Collaboration addresses compiler revalidation time

Solid Sands and Vector Software are to work together to integrate the VectorCAST Change Based Testing approach with Solid Sands’ SuperTest C/C++ compiler test and validation suite. The move is expected to minimise compiler revalidation time by executing only those test cases which are impacted by compiler code changes and by reporting in a standardised format.

“VectorCAST’s Change-Based Testing now supports compiler revalidation through SuperTest, addressing customer demand to reduce or remove the impact of compiler changes on projects,” said William McCaffrey, Vector’s COO. “Additionally, SuperTest users now have access to the power and reporting of VectorCAST’s test automation platform”.

“With this integration, we are able to answer the demand we receive from compiler developers and users,” said Marianne Damstra, Solid Sands’ chief commercial officer. “For the compiler developer, SuperTest uses VectorCAST to examine the internal structure of the compiler to highlight points where unit tests need to be developed. For end users of open source compilers, particularly in safety critical domains, this opens a route to improve compiler quality by tracing the impact of changes in new versions. It significantly reduces the effort required to qualify a compiler update by focusing on the new change through change based testing.”

Graham Pitcher

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