Software bug buster on the Oregon trail
US based electronics design specialist Mentor Graphics Corporation has hired a top gun from Cambridge UK for a software shootout with computer bugs.
Undo Software is on the Oregon trail after Mentor – a $1 billion world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions – bought into its UndoDB reversible debugging tool to increase productivity and develop Linux code faster.
By using UndoDB, Mentor Graphics has reduced the time spent debugging code by two thirds, vital in the competitive electronic design marketplace.UndoDB allows developers to record their program's execution and then rewind their code in real-time to find bugs more quickly, saving time and reducing cost.
Mentor Graphics initially adopted UndoDB in the Analog/Mixed-Signal Group (AMS) of the Deep Submicron Division, using it alongside the GNU debugger (GDB), an open source tool.
The company chose UndoDB because it was simple to learn, did not require Mentor to change how it developed code and provided a faster means to find issues. Using UndoDB makes it easier and faster for the AMS development team to track down problems compared to GDB.
Undo CEO, Greg Law said: “The success of Mentor is testament to the strengths of UndoDB. Combined with their development approach and in-house skills, the AMS team is speeding up time to market on vital projects by finding bugs faster and consequently reducing costs, delivering major benefits to the company that reinforce its market strength.”
Jean-Marc Talbot, senior director of engineering, AMS, Mentor Graphics, added: “UndoDB greatly improves our debugging time, making it up to two to three times faster than before. In addition, the learning curve for getting up to speed with UndoDB was very short because of the familiar interface and command structure.
“The team at Undo is extremely responsive, partnering with us to meet our needs, ensuring we maximise our productivity.”
• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Undo Software CEO, Greg Law