Update to Pooch Software Enhances the Cluster Experience

Dauger Research, Inc., announces version 1.6.5 of Pooch (Parallel OperatiOn and Control Heuristic application) and Pooch Pro clustering software. 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.

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 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.

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