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San Francisco-based self-funded start-up Metron Technology Inc has been working for 18 months to develop some innovative, object-oriented, automated testing and performance debugging software for developing multiprocessor and distributed Unix applications. The company is still six months away from launching a product, which it expects to run initially on Sun-3s and 4s, Sparc, RS/6000 and DECstations. Metron is playing its cards very close to its chest and won’t say much about the software other than it doesn’t emphasise regressive testing and will run under multithreaded operating systems. It eventually expects to embrace implementations of parallel architectures. The people involved are apparently drawing technical inspiration from Carnegie Mellon University’s PI project. The tool set will provide a development environment that facilitates complete observation of the software under test and a suite of analysis tools. Its architecture is system-, operating system- and compiler-independent and adaptable to multiple languages. It will support C first, then C++. Users should be able to customise the product and build user-specific testing, validation and diagnostic tools.

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