"Plug and Play" Cluster Software Accesses Clusters Behind Firewalls and Updates User Interface
Huntington Beach, California, USA - May 14, 2004 - Dauger Research, Inc.,
delivers version 1.4.5 of Pooch, the Parallel OperatiOn and Control Heuristic
application. This version introduces technologies to access and run clusters
behind firewalls. It also updates its graphically-based, dynamic job queue and
scheduling system and main menu system taking advantage of Mac OS X Panther.
"Pooch lowers the barrier to entry, enabling its users to wield the power of
parallel computing with ease", said Dr. Dean Dauger, President of Dauger
Research, Inc. "It is so reliable and easy to use, a child can even build and
run their own parallel computer. Pooch is the only tool that extends the
Macintosh philosophy to supercomputer-compatible parallel computing."
Pooch, winner the IEEE Cluster conference's latest "most innovative" award,
combines powerful, numerically-intensive parallel-computing clusters with the famed ease-of-use of
the Macintosh. Combining the best of cluster and grid computing, Pooch is the
only solution that merges a modern graphical user interface with
supercomputer-compatible parallel computing. It provides the user interface
for the latest incarnation of AppleSeed, a UCLA Physics project begun in 1998.
For six years, their software is being used world-wide to transform Macintoshes
into easy-to-use, numerically-intensive parallel computers.
Pooch is the easiest way to build and use a parallel computer. It debuted with
features others have yet to accomplish and integrate. Pooch remains the only
cluster or grid solution that installs on a node in seconds. Pooch's tolerance
for variations in node configuration and execution environments is
unparalleled. And Pooch continues combining computational resources over the
Internet with a mouse click.
Version 1.4.5 is the latest in a series of updates that utilize the latest
technology. Pooch was the first to use Rendezvous to discover nodes for
computation. Pooch takes advantage of AppleScript and multiprocessing in OS X,
utilizes logged out OS X machines for parallel computing, and supports
automated grid behavior and cluster access for other desktop applications.
Pooch has supported Message-Passing Interface (MPI) since day one.
Today it supports three
different MPI implementations to take advantage of parallel computing within boxes and across
boxes simultaneously. A suite of utilities designed for remote, command-line installation and
access accompanies every Pooch shipped.
Pooch v1.4.5 is available for US$175 for the first compute node then US$125 for each node
thereafter. Special academic pricing is listed on the web site.
Users may order Pooch and other available software using the forms on our web site or online
through the Dauger Research Store.
The Pooch web site recently debuted
on writing parallel code.
GUI and command-line installers containing a trial Pooch,
sample parallel applications
and source code, a
Pooch Software Development Kit, and
mailing list devoted to parallel computing and updated information about
and running code in parallel,
the Pooch 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 Mac OS 9 with
CarbonLib 1.2 or later, Mac OS X 10.2 or later, and/or Mac 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 co-authored the original, award-winning Kai's Power Tools
software. 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.
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