As you may have seen on social media last week, the latest SuperTest release is here. It’s called SuperTest Vermeer Release and we’re very proud of it. Why? Because it reflects one of the things that the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer was most famous for – an attention to detail that tells the true story. The SuperTest Vermeer Release is a major update with numerous new features. Here are a few of them.
Perfection without mystery
Every new release of SuperTest is inspired by one of the great Dutch Masters. Last time it was Mondriaan. This time it’s Vermeer, an artist known for his attention to naturalistic detail but who’s painting techniques are lost in time. At Solid Sands we’re equally committed to showing you the detail of reality – how well your compilers actually perform in real-world situations, precisely where the bugs are, what stimulates them and how to avoid them.
Easy to run on target boards
It is now easier than ever to run SuperTest on so-called ‘bare metal’ or ‘freestanding environment’ systems – in many applications the ultimate real-world scenario. Being able to run SuperTest directly on target hardware has always been one of its unique features. What we’ve done now is streamline the process. The new release includes a pre-defined library of dedicated freestanding environment tests that run in as little as 4 Kbytes of on-chip memory, without the need for an operating system or I/O subsystem.
Exhaustive testing of optimizing compilers
Verifying compiler optimizations is challenging, since the optimization behaviour of C compilers is not defined by the language standard. It’s especially hard when optimizations change the control flow of the program. Yet optimizations have many benefits. For example, your application can require less power to run, which means if it’s standalone you can power it from a smaller battery.
The new SuperTest Vermeer Release features a rigid framework of tests designed specifically to meet the unique requirements of code optimization. These tests not only trigger optimizations, but also exercise them with a comprehensive set of input parameters designed so that all the generated code blocks and branch directions are tested.
These are just a few of the major new features in the SuperTest Vermeer release. There is of course much more, such as support for C++17 language testing.
If you want to know more about this important new release, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Win a book about Johannes Vermeer
To celebrate this SuperTest Vermeer Release, we’re giving away three inspiring books about the amazing Dutch Master and his work. Want to win one? Go to our LinkedIn page and answer this simple question:
How many paintings are known to be painted by Johannes Vermeer?
Leave your answer in the comment section. The winners will be randomly drawn from the correct answers and contacted personally. Good luck!
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