"Plug and Play" Cluster Software Extends Use of Unutilized Computational Power and Command-Line Interface
Huntington Beach, California, USA - June 20, 2003 - Dauger Research, Inc., is shipping version
1.3.5 of Pooch, the Parallel OperatiOn and Control Heuristic application. This version debuts
new features designed to take advantage of the untapped power of a Mac computer lab or other
administered environment. It also extends its command-line support with a new suite of command-line
tools and the ability to install Pooch via a command line, capabilites designed for the Compute Node
Pooch, given the newest "most innovative" award by IEEE Cluster, 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 at UCLA Physics in 1998. For five years and counting, their software is
being used world-wide to transform Macintoshes into easy-to-use, numerically-intensive
Unlike other products, Pooch installs on a node in seconds. The new Pooch can combine
unutilized, logged out Macintoshes running OS X while using
discovery with "Computing Grid"-like automation features. Using Pooch, applications
can use one
Message-Passing Interface (MPI)
to take advantage of parallel computing
within boxes and across boxes simultaneously, even over the Internet. This release
also introduces a new suite of utilities designed for remote, command-line installation
and access into Compute Node XServe clusters.
Updates of Pooch to version 1.3.5 are shipping to users whose subscriptions are active.
Pooch v1.3.5 is available for US$175 for the first compute node then US$125 for each node thereafter. Check the Pooch web site for special academic pricing.
Today also marks the debut of the
Dauger Research Store,
where you can order Pooch and other available software online.
Starting at our web site,
users may access
GUI and command-line installers containing Pooch,
a tar ball containing the brand-new
command-line suite, and
a discussion mailing list
devoted to parallel computing and
updated information about
running code in parallel, the site makes it easier than ever
to write, develop, and run your own parallel code today.
Pooch requires networked Macintoshes and/or XServe's running OS 9 with CarbonLib 1.2 or
later, OS X 10.2 or later, and/or OS X Server 10.2 or later with 4 MB of available RAM
and 2 MB of disk space.
We encourage you to revisit the Pooch web site.
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.