May 19, 2015

ESEC Japan Booth

Last week, I was in Korea (South, of course) visiting a few clients. I need to do a few more blog entries about South Korea for sure. The country has a huge reputation for mountain trekking (IN Seoul, no less), great BBQ and of course ultra-fresh seafood (in the case, only a video can accurately reflect how fresh it actually is).  I promise, it is coming up.

But, serious  things first. Vector Software had the great pleasure of participating for the first time at the Embedded System Expo,  also known as ESEC. This almost perfectly coincides with the debug of our local (and direct) sales and technical support in Japan, and the imminent... Continue reading »

Posted by Steve Barriault in Journal Entry

May 12, 2015

Preventing Integer Overflow Disasters Before They Happen With Automated Software Testing

A couple of weeks ago we had a major server crash.  Our Dell EqualLogic Storage Array stopped working. We found out it was due to a software bug  that caused  “unexpected controller failovers at 248 consecutive days of uptime”.  Last week an article was published on the BBC website about computer system failures linked to integer overflow, including a recent high-profile example for the Boeing 787.  The 787 had the exact same problem we experienced with our storage array:  a critical failure after 248 days of up-time.   It turns out that 248 days in... Continue reading »

Posted by Bill McCaffrey in Avionics

May 05, 2015

On the road with Steve Barriault: Trying To Keep Cool On The Road

This picture is from my trip last April. April is the beginning of summer in India, and the heat was steadily turned on. Temperatures can reach well over 40 degrees Celsius there (104°F). I remember taking a stroll there once and my shoes started feeling a bit mushy... the sole was melting! Ouch!

So, this cool spot in one of the historical parks of Hyderabad was very welcoming. It was next to a man-made lake - a huge one given the fact that is was built in 1562, smack in the middle of the city! Nice way of ensuring a steady water supply to the city.

Posted by Steve Barriault in Journal Entry

April 27, 2015

How to Use Test Coverage to Raise Release Quality

We continuously work with customers to help them implement strategies for developing higher quality software that are measurable and repeatable.

The motivators for improved quality are generally to reduce bugs in the field and lower overall support costs.

A key element of the VectorCAST approach to quality is measuring testing completeness with code coverage analysis.

I spent some time this week with a global telecom customer.  We are working with their DevOps team to design customized workflows that are based on VectorCAST and will enable them to reduce time to market and increase release quality. The... Continue reading »

Posted by Lynda Gaines in Customers

April 16, 2015

What do Tom Cruise, Airbus and VectorCAST have in common?

We like to tell our customers and prospects that if they’ve flown in the past twenty years, they’ve trusted their life to the VectorCAST automated test platform. In rare instances, however, there are passengers that actually choose to make their flight much more risky than the typical traveler would select. Actor Tom Cruise is one of those people — in his upcoming film “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”, he dangles off the door of an Airbus A400M Atlas turboprop aircraft as it takes off. In an industry known for using “green screens” and relying on special effects to create these sorts of stunts, Cruise is decidedly old school in this respect, and the risks were considerable to pull off... Continue reading »

Posted by Niroshan Rajadurai in Aerospace

April 09, 2015

Automated translation tools sometimes leave the subtleties of language lacking, especially on a  menu.

One of the many tasks you need to accomplish on the road, besides being your own travel agency, nurse and coach (that is, if you don't walk around enough - and in Asia at least, usually you do), you also need to figure out a way to keep yourself fed. And that can sometimes be a challenge when you don't really understand the language (or you just know enough words to make people smile, and no more).

It can lead to very funny situations. You order food that you think you know, only to find out it is something completely different. And there are the translations that are, well... special. 

Posted by Steve Barriault in Journal Entry