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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 eight tutorials extensively describing how to develop parallel applications and algorithms. Users can access tutorials 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. 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 today.  

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 Pooch QuickTime Exporter for video compression on Mac clusters.

At Supercomputing, please join us at ACS Booth 2295 to ask about the Linux and Mac implementations of Pooch, and, at 11 am on Wednesday, we are presenting at the Exhibitor Forum Room C123-4 on the Supercomputing Engine for Mathematica.  

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.

Profiled and honored on national television by the William Shatner-hosted "Keeping America Strong" show, 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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