Pooch Cluster Software Makes Cluster and Grid Computing Easier
Huntington Beach, CA, USA - May 10, 2005 - Dauger Research, Inc., releases
version 1.6 of Pooch (Parallel OperatiOn and Control Heuristic application) and
Pooch Pro clustering software today. Leveraging new technologies introduced
with "Tiger", Apple's newest Mac OS X, the Pooch family introduces new
enhancements, including "playlist"-like node lists and network tools, enriching
the user experience of supercomputer-compatible cluster computing. Long
recognized as a leader in cluster solution providers,
delivers an unmatched combination of powerful tools to manage and maintain
cluster resources, maximizing the power of clusters for its users.
"While carrying the Macintosh philosophy to supercomputer-compatible cluster
computing, we accomplish many 'first's to adopt the latest in desktop
technology, such as Bonjour, AppleScript, and drag-and-drop, to make clusters
as easy-to-use as possible for users. Leading 'ad hoc' clustering, we continue
that spirit with the new Pooch and Pooch Pro.", said Dr. Dean Dauger, President
of Dauger Research, Inc. "The Pooch family provides the easiest and most
reliable path to parallel computing; we've just made it even better."
The Pooch family leads the way making grid and cluster computing easy-to-use
and reliable. A new web interface to Pooch
increases the ways users can utilize
clustering, making it even easier for users on other platforms to utilize a Mac
cluster. As enhancements to its network scan tool, the new Pooch introduces
user-defined node lists, much like iTunes' "playlists", in its new Network
pane, allowing the user to switch between subnets of the Internet as well as
define arbitrary groups of computing nodes for the user's convenience and
benefit. Users can access multiple networks of nodes in the new Network view
and evaluate queued, running, and terminated jobs through Pooch's native
interface or via AppleScript. Pooch's Job window features a
new Grid job type,
making distributed launching of many single-processor executables as easy as
point and click. Independent executables not designed for parallel computing
can therefore utilize a cluster through Pooch's GUI.
Pooch leverages four major Tiger technologies: Pooch includes a
action that enables workflows to initiate cluster activity. A
widget, shipping with Pooch, reports the status of and the past, present, and
future job activity on the cluster in an aesthetically pleasing environment.
Spotlight can search Pooch's job data with a new plug-in. Finally, Pooch makes
Xgrid nodes accessible to users through Pooch's award-winning interface.
These features build on the Pooch family's recognized lead over other cluster
solutions. Pooch and Pooch Pro can have multiprocessor Macs behave like
multiple "virtual nodes". They can can utilize logged-out machines for parallel
computing with preexisting resources. Pooch supports all execution environments
available on current Apple hardware and
supports five distinct implementations
of the Message-Passing Interface (MPI). Pooch Pro provides the only easy-to-use
GUI-based resource management mechanism, securely encrypting user data about
CPU time, job limits, and even rollover minutes, another feature unique to
Pooch Pro in the cluster world.
Dauger Research, Inc., introduced eight tutorials,
three recently, on the Pooch
website, extensively describing how to develop parallel applications and
algorithms. Users can access tutorials outlining
the different types of
parallel computing, detailed MPI information, and
descriptions, with example
code in Fortran and C, of the basics of writing parallel code. Website visitors
download GUI and command-line installers containing a trial Pooch,
parallel applications and source code, a
Pooch Software Development Kit, and
full documentation. Dauger Research makes it easier than ever to write,
develop, and run your parallel code today.
Pooch and Pooch Pro v1.6 are available today. Updates are shipping to Pooch users whose subscriptions are active.
Pooch v1.6 is available for US$175 for the first compute node then US$125 for
each node thereafter. Pooch Pro v1.6 is available for US$200 for the first
compute node then US$150 for each node thereafter. See the web site for special
academic pricing. Users may order Pooch and other software using the forms on
our web site or online through the
Dauger Research Store.
Pooch requires networked Macintoshes and/or Xserves 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.