"Plug and Play" Cluster Software's Pro Version Debuts
WWDC 2004, San Francisco, - June 28, 2004 - While releasing version 1.5 of
Pooch, Dauger Research, Inc., debuts Pooch Pro, an enhanced version of the
Parallel OperatiOn and Control Heuristic application. Pooch Pro debuts new
supercomputer-level capabilities to administrate and control cluster
Pooch Pro provides an unprecedented and unmatched combination of
powerful management and maintenance of cluster resources with a modern,
drag-and-drop, graphical user interface.
With its intuitive dynamic job queue
and scheduling system, this new version of Pooch makes supercomputing
capabilities accessible, maximizing the power of clusters for its users.
"Pooch and Pooch Pro serve two categories of cluster users. Pooch is the
simplest path to practical cluster computing, while Pooch Pro provides
additional administrative powers to manage and share cluster resources", said
Dr. Dean Dauger, President of Dauger Research, Inc. "By short-circuiting the
aggravation of complex configuration, fragility, and arcane commands, both
Pooch and Pooch Pro carry the Macintosh philosophy to supercomputer-compatible
"Pooch Pro is a significant addition to the many newly released Mac OS X products in the high performance computing market," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. "Dauger Research delivered the first cluster solution for Mac OS X and we are thrilled about the new, powerful supercomputer-level capabilities of Pooch Pro 1.5."
Pooch Pro debuts with features like those at supercomputing centers.
users are given quotas, password-based cluster access, and rollover
Administrators can use Pooch Pro to share cluster resources by
configuring user accounts, groups, and users' access to computational power,
all in a straightforward, easy-to-use, graphical user interface.
Pooch Pro even
utilizes Apple's CDSA implementation for secure data encryption.
Pooch and Pooch Pro can utilize logged out OS X machines for parallel
computing, and supports automated grid behavior and cluster access for other
desktop applications. Pooch's tolerance for variations in node configuration
and execution environments is unparalleled. The Pooch product family continues
the legacy features of combining computational resources over the Internet with
a mouse click and installation on a node in seconds.
Pooch, the first to discover cluster nodes via Rendezvous, adapts to the latest
advances in technology on the platform.
The Pooch product line supports
different Message-Passing Interface (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.
Dauger Research, Inc., has created extensive tutorials on
the Pooch website
outlining the different types of parallel
detailed MPI information, and
descriptions, with example code in
Fortran and C, of the basics of writing parallel code.
Website visitors can
download GUI and command-line installers containing a trial Pooch, sample
parallel applications and source code, a
Pooch Software Development Kit, and
full documentation. With a
discussion mailing list devoted to parallel
computing and updated information about designing, compiling, and running code
in parallel, Dauger Research's Pooch website makes it easier than ever to
write, develop, and run your parallel code today.
Users with active subscriptions are automatically upgraded to the Pooch
Pro-level; their updates are shipping. Those users will have the opportunity to
renew at the Pooch Pro- or Pooch-level at their next normal renewal date.
Pooch v1.5 is available for US$175 for the first compute node then US$125 for
each node thereafter. Pooch Pro v1.5 is available for US$200 for the first
compute node then US$150 for each node thereafter. See the web site for special
Users may order Pooch and other available software
using the forms on our web site or online through the Dauger Research Store.
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. Pooch Pro requires Mac
OS X 10.2 or later, and/or Mac OS X Server 10.2 or later.
We encourage you to revisit the Pooch web site and visit the Dauger
Research booth at WWDC 2004's Exhibit Hall.
Apple has also invited Dr. Dauger
to speak in the Software Optimization session (642: Thursday, July 1, 2 pm, Nob Hill)
of their High-Performance
Computing track. ||
Dauger Research, Inc. makes high-performance computation and visualization easy
to use and accessible to users. Our award-winning team, to better accomplish
our scientific goals, reinvented the cluster computer in 1998, pioneering
easy-to-use, high-performance clusters. Dauger Research, Inc., is committed to
bridging the divides between the scientifically and technically complex and the
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