Update to Pooch Software Enhances the Cluster Experience

Huntington Beach, CA, USA – January 10, 2005 – Dauger Research, Inc.,
announces version 1.6.5 of Pooch (Parallel OperatiOn and Control Heuristic
application) and Pooch Pro clustering software today. Combining the best of
cluster and grid computing, Pooch is the only solution that merges a modern
graphical user interface with supercomputer-compatible parallel computing.
Long recognized as a leader in cluster solution providers, Dauger Research
delivers an unmatched combination of powerful tools to manage and maintain
cluster resources, maximizing the power of clusters for its users.

“Providing the easiest, most reliable, and most powerful path to ‘ad hoc’
clustering, the Pooch family is a cluster technology leader. Evidenced by
our long history leveraging the latest desktop computing technologies, such
as Bonjour, AppleScript, drag-and-drop clustering, multiprocessing,
multiple MPI library support, and OS X, we have a long history of growing
with renovations to the Macintosh. We continue to innovative with the
latest platform transitions in Pooch and Pooch Pro, making clusters as
easy-to-use as possible for users”, said Dr. Dean Dauger, President of
Dauger Research, Inc. “We bring Macintosh-style computing to
supercomputer-compatible clusters, producing the best and most flexible
user experience in parallel computing.”

The Pooch family last introduced new enhancements, including
“playlist”-like node lists and network tools, enriching the user experience
of supercomputer-compatible cluster computing. Pooch’s Job window features
a Grid job type, making distributed launching of many single-processor
executables as easy as point and click. Independent executables not
designed for parallel computing can therefore utilize a cluster through
Pooch’s GUI. Pooch supports all execution environments available on current
Apple hardware and supports five distinct implementations of the
Message-Passing Interface (MPI). Pooch leverages major Tiger technologies,
including Dashboard where it reports the status of the cluster’s job
activity in an aesthetically pleasing environment.

The new 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 new web site
can download GUI and command-line installers containing a trial Pooch,
sample parallel applications and source code, a Pooch Software Development
Kit, and full documentation. Dauger Research makes it easier than ever to
write, develop, and run your parallel code today.

Pooch and Pooch Pro v1.6.5 will be available January 18, when updates will
ship to Pooch users whose subscriptions are active. The latest version
delivers enhancements, particularly to Pooch Pro’s administrative features,
as well as minor behavioral changes and fixes.

Pooch v1.6.5 is available for US$175 for the first compute node then US$125
for each node thereafter. Pooch Pro v1.6.5 is available for US $200 for the
first compute node then US$150 for each node thereafter. See the web site
for special academic pricing. Users may order Pooch and other software
using the forms on our web site or online through the Dauger Research Store.

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.

Profiled and honored recently 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