README: CloudBees Build Acceleration preview releases

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What is CloudBees Build Acceleration ®?

CloudBees Build Acceleration from CloudBees, Inc. is a high-performance replacement for GNU Make, Microsoft NMAKE, and Visual Studio build facilities that dramatically reduces software build times. Unlike other parallel build tools, Accelerator guarantees that builds will not fail because of incomplete dependencies, thanks to patented conflict detection and correction algorithms. So your build results—including the build log—are identical to those from serial builds, but they happen with the speed of parallel builds by distributing them over numerous inexpensive machines on a LAN or a public cloud such as Amazon EC2. You can also use Accelerator to accelerate static analysis (such as the Coverity, Klocwork, and Parasoft tools), unit testing, and linting tasks.

Introducing preview releases of CloudBees Build Acceleration

Starting in August 2019, the release strategy for CloudBees Build Acceleration is updated to add preview releases in addition to the standard long-term support (LTS), maintenance (patch), and hotfix releases. This includes the CloudBees Build Acceleration Visual Studio Integration and CloudBees Build Acceleration Insight, which are bundled with Accelerator.

The release numbering for the Preview releases uses a new <year> . <month> .00 numbering scheme for Accelerator and its bundled products. For example, 2019.08.00.

CloudBees recommends that you upgrade to the preview release and test these features in a controlled environment before rolling them out to production.

For details about the new release strategy, see the CloudBees Build Acceleration Release Strategy Update.

Determining what’s changed in the preview releases

For a cumulative list of changes introduced in the Preview releases since the prior LTS release, see the:

These documents will always be available in their respective permanent "Preview Release” sections on the CloudBees Build Acceleration documentation site. These documents are updated for every Preview release.

Documentation for preview releases

All CloudBees Build Acceleration, CloudBees Build Acceleration Visual Studio Integration, and CloudBees Build Acceleration Insight documentation for the latest Preview release is available in the respective permanent "Preview Release” sections on the CloudBees Build Acceleration documentation site. These documents are updated for every Preview release.

Want to get started?

To get started with Accelerator, see CloudBees Build Acceleration Quick Start.