Huntington Beach, CA, USA - May 16, 2006 - The Pooch family goes Universal!
Dauger Research, Inc., announces version 1.7 of Pooch (Parallel OperatiOn and
Control Heuristic application) and Pooch Pro clustering software. Pooch
technology becomes the first and only clustering solution to launch Universal
Applications in parallel. While still retaining full backwards compatibility,
Pooch also introduces new features, including a new Job file format, new
head-node and job retrieval features to take advantage of clusters configured
Linux-style, more flexible multiprocessing support, and enhancements to its
AppleScript interface. Combining the best of cluster and grid computing, Pooch
technology is the only solution that merges a modern graphical user interface
with supercomputer-compatible parallel computing.
"The award-winning Pooch family provides the easiest, most reliable, and most
powerful path to 'ad hoc' clustering", said Dr. Dean Dauger, President of
Dauger Research, Inc. "In true Macintosh style, we are proud to announce that
Pooch and Pooch Pro are Universal and our innovative technology is the first to
support Universal Clustering, bringing the best and most flexible user
experience to supercomputer-compatible clusters."
"Mac OS X has proven itself as a strong platform for scientific clustering,"
said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. "The
combination of Mac OS X and Pooch 1.7 will help scientific researchers take
advantage of the power of the Intel-based Macs for their clustering solutions."
Winner of IEEE Cluster's "most innovative" award, Pooch software combines
powerful, numerically-intensive parallel-computing clusters with the famed
ease-of-use of the Macintosh. Version 1.7 introduces a new Job file format so
users can easily save and reload jobs, with OS X-compliant navigation sheets,
and commonly used file and node combinations to make their cluster usage
workflow more efficient and productive. These file types are searchable via
Spotlight on OS X "Tiger". The new Pooch also explicitly supports clusters
configured with a head node protecting compute nodes as a firewall and NAT
router in a Linux-style network topology. Configured for head node use, Pooch
can launch jobs onto such a cluster, check its status, and retrieve jobs via
the head node. The new version also enhances its multiprocessing support by
enabling users to customize the "virtual node" count for any individual node,
including Intel Core's. Finally, the new Pooch, itself a Universal
Application, debuts support for launching parallelized Universal Applications
onto a cluster, the first and only clustering solution to do so.
Enriching the user experience of supercomputer-compatible cluster computing,
the Pooch family builds on productivity enhancements, including "playlist"-like
node lists and network tools,
a Grid job type for distributed launching of many
single-processor executables with point and click. Pooch supports all
execution environments (Carbon, Cocoa, Mach-O, Classic, Unix script,
AppleScript, and now Universal) available on current Apple hardware and
supports five distinct implementations of the Message-Passing Interface (MPI)
industry standard. Pooch leverages major Tiger technologies, including
Dashboard where it reports the status of the
cluster's job activity in an
aesthetically pleasing environment and Bonjour for automatic node configuration
The new Dauger Research Vault presents
how to develop parallel applications and algorithms. Users can access
outlining the different types of parallel computing,
descriptions, with example code in Fortran and C, of the
basics of writing parallel code. Visitors to the new web site can
and command-line installers containing a trial Pooch,
updated sample parallel
applications and source code, a
Cluster Software Development Kit, and
documentation. Dauger Research makes it easier than ever to write, develop, and
run your parallel code today.
Dauger Research makes Pooch and Pooch Pro v1.7 available today. Updates are
shipping to Pooch users whose subscriptions are active.
Pooch v1.7 is available for US$175 for the first compute node then US$125 for
each node thereafter. Pooch Pro v1.7 is available for US$200 for the first
compute node then US$150 for each node thereafter. Users may order Pooch and
other software using the forms on our web site or online
Dauger Research Store.
See the web site for special academic pricing.
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.