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Pooch Rides the "Tiger"

DR's Pooch Cluster Software For Mac OS X v10.4 "Tiger"


Huntington Beach, CA, USA - April 29, 2005 - Dauger Research, Inc., today announced that version 1.6 of Pooch (Parallel OperatiOn and Control Heuristic application) and Pooch Pro clustering software will ship on Tuesday, May 10. The Pooch family ties into new technologies introduced with "Tiger", Apple's newest Mac OS X. Enhanced by Automator, Dashboard, Spotlight, and Xgrid, the Pooch family provides an unprecedented and unmatched combination of powerful tools to manage and maintain cluster resources via a modern, drag-and-drop, graphical user interface, maximizing the power of clusters for its users.

"The Pooch family has a long history of leveraging Apple technologies to benefit users. Pooch was the first to use Apple's Bonjour and SLP implementations to discover and utilize cluster nodes on a network; it was the first to employ the Aqua user interface, AppleScript, and drag-and-drop to make clusters easy to use; it was the first clustering technology to utilize Mac OS X. Leveraging new technologies in 'Tiger' was the obvious way to go", said Dr. Dean Dauger, President of Dauger Research, Inc. "Both Pooch and Pooch Pro carry the Macintosh philosophy to supercomputer-compatible cluster computing."

"With hundreds of breakthrough new features Tiger is the most advanced operating system in the world," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. "As a leader in cluster solutions for Mac OS X, Dauger Research has delivered an impressive application for parallel computing on Tiger."

The Pooch family applies Mac OS X's preemptive multitasking to have multiprocessor Macs behave like multiple "virtual nodes". Pooch and Pooch Pro can utilize machines at Mac OS X's login window for parallel computing. Pooch supports all execution environments available on Apple hardware: Carbon, Cocoa, Classic, Mach-O, Unix script, and AppleScript. It supports five distinct implementations of the Message-Passing Interface (MPI) available on Mac OS X. Pooch Pro even utilizes Apple's CDSA implementation for secure data encryption.

Dauger Research, Inc., recently introduced new extensive tutorials on the Pooch website 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 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. Dauger Research makes it easier than ever to write, develop, and run your parallel code today.

Pooch and Pooch Pro v1.6 will be available on May 10, when updates for Pooch users whose subscriptions are active will ship.

Pooch v1.6 will be 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 available 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.

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 mainstream.

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