"Plug and Play" Parallel Computing Extends Support of MPIs and Programming
Huntington Beach, California, USA - April 17, 2002 - Dauger Research, Inc.,
announces shipment of version 1.2 of Pooch, the Parallel OperatiOn and Control
Heuristic application. The latest update introduces support for multiple
implementations of MPI and executables written in a wide array of programming
This IEEE "most innovative" award-winning cluster management software can now
team with three distinct MPI implementations:
MacMPI_X - the time-tested message-passing interface for Mac clusters;
mpich - an open-source MPI commonly used on Linux-based clusters; and
MPI-Pro - an MPI commercially supported by MPI Software Technology, Inc.
Today, all three MPIs can run with your code and Pooch on Mac OS X.
Pooch is designed to combine powerful, numerically-intensive parallel-computing
clusters with the famed ease-of-use of the Macintosh. It provides the user
interface for the latest incarnation of AppleSeed, a project begun by physics
researchers at UCLA in 1998. For four years, their software has been used
world-wide to transform Macintoshes into easy-to-use and numerically-intensive
In addition, Pooch can now recognize and launch the latest executable types
available on Mac OS 9 and X. This new flexibility gives Pooch users the widest
choice of programming environments and APIs of any parallel computer type:
Carbon, Cocoa, Classic, Unix-based Mach-O, Unix shell scripts, and AppleScripts.
The new version of Pooch introduces additional new features. They include
folder-structure copies, Unix-permission recognition, complete Unix-style
process monitoring and management, recent node and file list recall, and
self-scheduling node registration.
At the same time, Pooch still retains its best features, such as its "only
seconds" installation, patent-pending technologies,
"Computing Grid"-like and automation capabilities, its
ability to combine nodes over the Internet, customizable job queuing through
AppleScript, 512-bit command encryption, field-tested 76-node scalability, its
four user interfaces, cluster access for mainstream applications, dynamic
responsiveness to cluster conditions, and independence of File Sharing, NFS,
rsh, and static cluster data. Pooch's combination of flexibility and capability
remains unique in the industry.
Current users with an active subscription to Pooch will be receiving their
updates to version 1.2 shortly.
Pooch v1.2 is available until April 30, 2002, at its original price structure:
US$150 for the first compute node then US$100 for each node thereafter. Check
the Pooch web site for updates.
For a demonstration version, full documentation, a discussion mailing list
devoted to parallel computing, information about compiling and running your code
with the MPI implementations, and further details, see
the Dauger Research web
Pooch requires networked Macintoshes running OS 9 with CarbonLib 1.2 or later or
OS X 10.1 or later with 4 MB of available RAM and 2 MB of disk space.
Dauger Research, Inc., was incorporated and founded by Dr. Dean E. Dauger. Dr.
Dauger is the award-winning author of Atom in a Box and Fresnel Diffraction
Explorer and has co-authored the award-winning Kai's Power Tools software from
1992 to 1994. After completing his Ph. D. in physics, he founded Dauger
Research, Inc., to bridge the divides between the scientifically and technically
complex and the mainstream by making high-performance computation and
visualization easy to use and accessible to users.