Pooch Clusters Support the MPI Supplied with Leopard

Huntington Beach, CA, USA – April 29, 2007 – Dauger Research, Inc., ships
version 1.7.6 of Pooch (Parallel OperatiOn and Control Heuristic
application) and Pooch Pro clustering software. The patented easy-to-use
clustering technology now taps Open MPI, an open- source MPI implementation
formed by a partnership of academia, research, and industry, residing in
Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard”. As the only solution that merges a modern
graphical user interface with supercomputer-compatible parallel computing,
Pooch technology makes powerful cluster technology accessible for its users.

“After clustering Macs for ten years, ours is still the simplest way to get
into clustering”, said Dr. Dean Dauger, President of Dauger Research, Inc.
“With Pooch we try to be MPI implementation-agnostic, and Open MPI is meant
to work with as many technologies as possible, so Pooch and Open MPI
working together is an obvious fit. Pooch combines a modern user experience
with supercomputing technologies like Open MPI; the result is reliable,
accessible, ‘ad hoc’, powerful Mac clusters.”

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 1.7.6 connects to Open MPI built into Leopard via a pair
of software modules, as specified by the Open MPI architecture. This
connection enables Pooch to communicate with Open MPI so its daemons can
launch the MPI application. Pooch can then identify and track Open MPI’s
execution. Open MPI, supplied only in the latest Mac OS X 10.5, becomes the
seventh MPI implementation Pooch supports. Also this new version of Pooch
has adjusted to several infrastructure updates in Leopard, including long
file, application, and directory names and Leopard’s new Terminal.

Pooch uses Bonjour 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. 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 has already shipped updates to Pooch and Pooch Pro v1.7.6
to Pooch users whose subscriptions are active. The new Pooch also ships
with the new v1.3 of the Pooch QuickTime Exporter.

Pooch v1.7.6 is available for US$175 for the first compute node then US$125
for each node thereafter. Pooch Pro v1.7.6 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 through
the Dauger Research Store. See the web site for special academic pricing.

Pooch requires networked Macintoshes and/or Xserves running Mac OS X 10.2
or later, Mac OS X Server 10.2 or later, and/or Mac OS 9 with CarbonLib 1.2
or later with 16 MB of available RAM and 4 MB of disk space. Pooch Pro
requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later and/or Mac OS X Server 10.2 or later. The
Open MPI features require Mac OS X 10.5 or Server 10.5 or later.

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.