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Developer(s) Runtime Design Automation
Stable release 2010.06 / June, 2010
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Programming tool
Website FlowTracer Home Page

FlowTracer, previously known as Flowtracer/EDA, is a commercial build management tool developed by Runtime Design Automation. [1][2][3][4]

FlowTracer allows one to describe the basic flow of a software build in a Tcl-like language (Flow Description Language) or at execution time. The tool will then store and track the inputs and outputs of the flow in its database, automatically detecting changes as they occur. The tool provides a GUI to visualize, control and diagnose the workflow, for example with instant notification of failures.

FlowTracer is a commercial alternative to make and distcc. It uses "makefiles" written in a proprietary format. It supports multiple platforms such as Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows and other Unix variants (AIX, HP-UX, Solaris).


  1. ^ DeepChip post discussing FlowTracer
  2. ^ Exploring new design flows -- integration and automation - CommsDesign
  3. ^ Exploring new design flows -- integration and automation - EETimes
  4. ^ Virage Logic Adopts Runtime’s Flowtracer/NC to Optimize Network Computing Resources - SOCcentral

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