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"Plug and Play" Parallel Computing Extends Support of MPIs and Programming Environments

Huntington Beach, California, USA - April 17, 2002 - Dauger Research, Inc., announces shipment of version 1.2 of Pooch, the Parallel OperatiOn and Control Heuristic application. The latest update introduces support for multiple implementations of MPI and executables written in a wide array of programming environments.

This IEEE "most innovative" award-winning cluster management software can now team with three distinct MPI implementations:

  • MacMPI_X - the time-tested message-passing interface for Mac clusters;

  • mpich - an open-source MPI commonly used on Linux-based clusters; and

  • MPI-Pro - an MPI commercially supported by MPI Software Technology, Inc.

Today, all three MPIs can run with your code and Pooch on Mac OS X.

Pooch is designed to combine powerful, numerically-intensive parallel-computing clusters with the famed ease-of-use of the Macintosh. It provides the user interface for the latest incarnation of AppleSeed, a project begun by physics researchers at UCLA in 1998. For four years, their software has been used world-wide to transform Macintoshes into easy-to-use and numerically-intensive parallel computers.

In addition, Pooch can now recognize and launch the latest executable types available on Mac OS 9 and X. This new flexibility gives Pooch users the widest choice of programming environments and APIs of any parallel computer type: Carbon, Cocoa, Classic, Unix-based Mach-O, Unix shell scripts, and AppleScripts.

The new version of Pooch introduces additional new features. They include folder-structure copies, Unix-permission recognition, complete Unix-style process monitoring and management, recent node and file list recall, and self-scheduling node registration.

At the same time, Pooch still retains its best features, such as its "only seconds" installation, patent-pending technologies, "Computing Grid"-like and automation capabilities, its ability to combine nodes over the Internet, customizable job queuing through AppleScript, 512-bit command encryption, field-tested 76-node scalability, its four user interfaces, cluster access for mainstream applications, dynamic responsiveness to cluster conditions, and independence of File Sharing, NFS, rsh, and static cluster data. Pooch's combination of flexibility and capability remains unique in the industry.

Current users with an active subscription to Pooch will be receiving their updates to version 1.2 shortly.

Pooch v1.2 is available until April 30, 2002, at its original price structure: US$150 for the first compute node then US$100 for each node thereafter. Check the Pooch web site for updates.

For a demonstration version, full documentation, a discussion mailing list devoted to parallel computing, information about compiling and running your code with the MPI implementations, and further details, see the Dauger Research web site

Pooch requires networked Macintoshes running OS 9 with CarbonLib 1.2 or later or OS X 10.1 or later with 4 MB of available RAM and 2 MB of disk space.

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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