Dauger Research, Inc. has released an update for Pooch, bringing it to version 1.3. Pooch is a utility designed for the assembly and operation of a parallel computer networks for increased computing power. The update features multiple node task launching and Rendezvous support. According to Dauger Reasearch:
Dauger Research, Inc., has shipped version 1.3 of Pooch, the Parallel OperatiOn and Control Heuristic application.
Pooch, given the newest "most innovative" award by IEEE Cluster, 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 and counting, their software is being used world-wide to transform Macintoshes into easy-to-use, numerically-intensive parallel computers.
The latest version can now launch multiple parallel-computing tasks per node, automatically taking advantage of multiprocessor Macs and OS Xis preemptive multitasking.
In addition, Pooch now uses Rendezvous, supplementing Service Location Protocol, to perform registration, discovery, and resolution of cluster nodes over local networks and the Internet.
You can find more information about the Pooch update at the Dauger Research Web site. Pooch 1.3 is free for registered users, while the full version is available for US$175.00.