Pooch Extends Its Support
“Plug and Play” Parallel Computing Extends Support of MPIs and Programming
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
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 parallel 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
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 at:
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
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