"Plug and Play" Cluster Software Adds Queuing, Scheduling, and Sports
Updated Graphical User Interface
MACWORLD EXPO, San Francisco - January 6, 2004 - Dauger Research, Inc., delivers
version 1.4 of Pooch, the Parallel OperatiOn and Control Heuristic application.
This version debuts a new graphically-based, dynamic job queue and scheduling system
taking advantage of Pooch's built-in heuristic functions and cluster diagnostics.
It also sports an updated graphical user interface taking advantage of features
introduced in Panther, Apple's latest Mac OS X.
"The new Pooch adds supercomputing-level capabilities to a uniquely easy-to-use parallel
computing solution already recognized as innovative", said Dr. Dean Dauger, President of
Dauger Research. "While other solutions force users through complex configuration,
fragility, and arcane commands, Pooch, with the lowest barrier to entry, enables
its users to harness the power of parallel computing with ease. Pooch revolutionizes
how people build and use parallel computers."
"With the Power Mac G5 and Mac OS X Panther, Apple has created powerful solutions for
the high performance computing market," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of
Worldwide Developer Relations. "Leveraging the power of the Macintosh platform, Pooch 1.4
delivers an easy to use software for numerically-intensive parallel computing."
Pooch, deemed "most innovative" by IEEE Cluster, combines powerful, numerically-intensive
parallel-computing clusters with the famed ease-of-use of the Macintosh. While blurring the
distinction between cluster and grid computing, Pooch is the only solution that merges a
modern graphical user interface with parallel computing. It provides the user interface
for the latest incarnation of AppleSeed, a UCLA Physics project begun in 1998. For five
years and counting, their software is being used world-wide to transform Macintoshes into
easy-to-use, numerically-intensive parallel computers.
Version 1.4 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 Mac OS X, utilizes logged out Mac OS X machines for
parallel computing, and supports automated grid behavior and cluster access for other desktop
Pooch is the easiest way to build and use a parallel computer. Created with the belief that
a parallel computer should serve its users, 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.
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.
Updates of Pooch to version 1.4 are shipping to users with active subscriptions.
Pooch v1.4 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 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.
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