Portland, OR, USA - November 17, 2009 - At Supercomputing 2009, Dauger
Research, Inc., announces version 1.8 of Pooch (Parallel OperatiOn and
Control Heuristic application) and Pooch Pro clustering software. The
patented easy-to-use clustering technology now uses nodes running Mac OS
X 10.6 "Snow Leopard". The only solution that merges a modern graphical
user interface with supercomputer-compatible parallel computing, Pooch
debuts support of 64-bit Linux compute nodes alongside Macintosh nodes.
"The Pooch clustering solution is still the simplest way to get into
parallel computing and the most flexible way to use clusters", said Dr.
Dean Dauger, President of Dauger Research, Inc. "Our patented
technology, automatically configuring, managing, monitoring, and
maintaining both Mac and Linux clusters using a modern user interface,
is a honed 'ad hoc' clustering technology that makes computing resources
reliable and accessible for users."
Winner of IEEE Cluster's "most innovative" award, Pooch technology
combines powerful, numerically-intensive parallel-computing clusters
with the famed ease-of-use of the Macintosh, applying the best of
cluster and grid computing. Version 1.8 of Pooch is ready for both Snow
Leopard and 64-bit Linux. Pooch's infrastructure was heavily revised
for compilation on 64-bit architecture, BSD-standard sockets for
communications, POSIX-standard paths for file access, and the open
source mDNS library from Apple. The result is a cluster computing
solution so flexible it can run on and discover nodes running several
versions of both Mac OS X and 64-bit Linux.
Pooch uses Bonjour (mDNS on Linux) for automatic node configuration and
discovery, supports multicore by treating each core as a "virtual node",
including Intel Core's, and launches parallelized Universal Applications
onto a cluster, the first and only clustering solution to do so. Pooch
is highly flexible, supporting seven distinct implementations of the
Message-Passing Interface (MPI) industry standard and running on both
Mac and Linux. The Dauger Research Vault presents
extensively describing how to develop parallel applications and
algorithms. Users can access tutorials
outlining the different types of
detailed MPI information, and
example code in Fortran and C, of the basics of writing parallel code.
Visitors to the web site can
download GUI and command-line installers
containing a trial Pooch,
sample parallel applications and source code,
a Software Development Kit, and
full documentation. Dauger Research
provides the easiest way to write, develop, and run your parallel code
Dauger Research ships updates to Pooch and Pooch Pro v1.8 to Pooch users
whose subscriptions are active. The new Pooch also ships with the
QuickTime Exporter for video compression on Mac clusters.
Pooch v1.8 is available today for US$175 for the first compute node then
US$125 for each node thereafter. Pooch Pro v1.8 is available for US$200
for the first compute node then US$150 for each node thereafter. The
software includes both Macintosh and 64-bit Linux versions of Pooch.
Users may order Pooch and other software using the forms on our web site
or online through the
Dauger Research Store. See the web site for
special academic pricing.
Pooch and Pooch Pro requires networked Macintoshes and/or Xserves
running Mac OS X 10.2 or later, including Mac OS X Server, with 16 MB of
available RAM and 4 MB of disk space. Pooch on 64-bit Linux is supported
on Red Hat, SUSE, Ubuntu, and more.