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"Plug and Play" Cluster Software Extends Use of Unutilized Computational Power and Command-Line Interface

Huntington Beach, California, USA - June 20, 2003 - Dauger Research, Inc., is shipping version 1.3.5 of Pooch, the Parallel OperatiOn and Control Heuristic application. This version debuts new features designed to take advantage of the untapped power of a Mac computer lab or other administered environment. It also extends its command-line support with a new suite of command-line tools and the ability to install Pooch via a command line, capabilites designed for the Compute Node XServe.

Pooch, given the newest "most innovative" award by IEEE Cluster, 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 at UCLA Physics in 1998. For five years and counting, their software is being used world-wide to transform Macintoshes into easy-to-use, numerically-intensive parallel computers.

Unlike other products, Pooch installs on a node in seconds. The new Pooch can combine unutilized, logged out Macintoshes running OS X while using Rendezvous node discovery with "Computing Grid"-like automation features. Using Pooch, applications can use one Message-Passing Interface (MPI) to take advantage of parallel computing within boxes and across boxes simultaneously, even over the Internet. This release also introduces a new suite of utilities designed for remote, command-line installation and access into Compute Node XServe clusters.

Updates of Pooch to version 1.3.5 are shipping to users whose subscriptions are active.

Pooch v1.3.5 is available for US$175 for the first compute node then US$125 for each node thereafter. Check the Pooch web site for special academic pricing.

Today also marks the debut of the Dauger Research Store, where you can order Pooch and other available software online.

Starting at our web site, users may access GUI and command-line installers containing Pooch, new parallel applications, a tar ball containing the brand-new command-line suite, and full documentation. With a discussion mailing list devoted to parallel computing and updated information about designing, compiling, and running code in parallel, the site makes it easier than ever to write, develop, and run your own parallel code today.

Pooch requires networked Macintoshes and/or XServe's running OS 9 with CarbonLib 1.2 or later, OS X 10.2 or later, and/or OS X Server 10.2 or later with 4 MB of available RAM and 2 MB of disk space.

We encourage you to revisit the Pooch web site.

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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