Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Expanded Broad-Based Eclipse Initiative Delivers Open Test and Performance Tools Platform

Expanded Broad-Based Eclipse Initiative Delivers Open Test and Performance Tools Platform

oday the Eclipse Foundation announced the creation of a Test and Performance Tools Platform Top Level Project to provide an open-development platform supplying frameworks and services for test and performance tools that are used throughout the software lifecycle (testing, tracing/profiling, tuning, logging, monitoring, analysis, autonomics, administration, etc.). Also included in this platform are data collection services and user interfaces for tracing, test case execution, logging and statistical behavior in local or remote execution environments. In committing to lead the project, Intel Corp. makes a major resource contribution to the Eclipse Foundation and to the development of software within the project.

"We are excited to contribute to the advancement that this Eclipse open-source initiative brings to the industry in the area of test and performance tooling," said Tyler Thessin, engineering manager for Intel Software Development Products and lead of the Eclipse Test and Performance Tools Project Management Committee. "This infrastructure -- and the tools built upon it -- provide significant capabilities and benefits to the software industry and will contribute to the continued success of Eclipse and the growth of the Eclipse ecosystem."

This expanded initiative extends the Eclipse Hyades project which, over the last year and a half, has developed extensive Eclipse-based infrastructure and tooling for test and performance. "Hyades is one of the great achievements of the Eclipse Community," said Mike Milinkovich, recently appointed executive director of the Eclipse Foundation. "In my new role, I will seek to ensure Hyades gets the level of exposure and adoption that it deserves."

The core interoperability layer continues to be developed in a project known as the Hyades Core Platform led by Intel. Three additional streams of activity have also been identified as projects within the Test and Performance Top Level Project: Hyades Testing, Hyades Tracing and Profiling, and Hyades Monitoring.

"The involvement of Intel and other significant companies will ensure wider adoption of the open Hyades Core Platform as consensus architecture for innovative value-added products," said Dr. Mike Norman, CEO of Scapa Technologies, who led the original Hyades project and now leads the Hyades Testing project. "For example, Intel will drive the adoption of the infrastructure to enable developers to harness the full power of Intel processors for applications."

Serge Lucio, senior product manager at IBM Rational who currently leads both the Hyades Monitoring and the Hyades Tracing and Profiling Projects, said, "IBM is committed both to developing the Hyades Core Platform and other elements of Eclipse Test and Performance software and to leveraging them across a broad spectrum of its products."

SAP, Compuware and FOKUS continue to actively contribute to the Test and Performance project to provide a breadth of experience and a wide perspective to the team.

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