Speaker:  Roy Levin
Affiliation:  Compaq SRC
Date:  11/18/99 - Thursday
Time & Location:  4:15PM, 101 Phillips
Title: Staying Afloat in a Sea of Versions: The Vesta Approach to Software Configuration Management

Vesta is a system for software configuration management. It stores collections of source files, keeps track of which versions of which files go together, and automates the process of building a complete software artifact from its component pieces. I will describe Vesta's advantages over traditional tools, how those benefits are achieved, and the system's overall performance. I'll also describe how the system has been deployed and discuss the applicability outside of baseball of the notion that "if you build it, they will come".