Atipa Joins The Linda Club at Scientific Computing Associates

New Haven, CT – October 13, 2000 – Scientific Computing Associates, Inc. (SCA), a leader in high-performance computing software, is pleased to announce that Atipa Corporation has joined The Linda Club, a new partnership initiative for Beowulf resellers. The Linda Club allows resellers to offer free to their customers a four-node Linux version of Linda, SCIENTIFIC’s powerful programming language for parallel and distributed computing, when it is bundled with a Beowulf cluster.

Atipa, a leading provider of end-to-end Open Source and Linux technology solutions, has been designing and delivering cutting-edge Linux clusters since 1995. During that time, Atipa has custom-tailored cluster solutions for a wide variety of business, government, and academic institutions, including many Fortune 500 companies. A recognized leader in Beowulf clustering, Atipa uses its deep Linux expertise to design scalable, powerful Beowulf computational clusters that outperform traditional supercomputers at a fraction of the cost while meeting the customized performance needs of customers. One of those customers, Motorola, turned to Atipa to produce a clustering solution for its ongoing "DigitalDNA" project. Additionally, NASA, Sharp Electronics, Los Alamos Labs, CAIS Internet, and MIT count among the many customers that utilize Atipa's innovative clustering solutions.

"This strategic partnership with Scientific Computing Associates truly brings added value to our customers who rely on us to deliver the highest quality clustering solutions for the enterprise," said Mike Jacobs, Vice President of Atipa's Hardware Group. "With Linda, Atipa's customers can more easily "parallelize" their existing applications, saving both time and money and furthering Atipa's mission of providing easy-to-use technology solutions."

“We look forward to a very successful business relationship with Atipa, one of the premier Linux cluster resellers. We believe our Linda® product suite of high performance application development tools, coupled with Atipa technology and expertise, will help Atipa continue its rapid expansion into new markets,” said Jerry Lipchus, Director of Sales for Scientific Computing Associates.

This strategic alliance between Atipa and SCA offers advantages extending beyond the initial Beowulf Cluster purchase. SCA has enabled Atipa to handle future end-users purchases of Linda® upgrades or other SCA products, creating a one-stop point of purchase.

Linda®, first introduced in the mid-1980s, was the first commercial product to implement virtual shared memory (VSM) for supercomputers and large workstation clusters. Linda® is content-addressable, not address-based, making it much easier to build applications and fully utilize hardware capacity. Cost-effectiveness, speed and ease of use are all advantages of using Linda® in Linux-based systems.

Linda® technology is embedded in versions of Gaussian 98?, the computational chemistry program based on the methodology for which John Pople won the 1998 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Other uses by such companies as Lehman Brothers and Amerada Hess have proven the power of Linda’s® parallel processing capabilities.

A recent article, "Linux Gushes Savings for Oil Giant" (Computerworld, May 3, 1999) describes an application developed by Amerada Hess using Linda® for Red Hat Linux that makes it possible for geologists to render detailed 3-D seismic images of sub-sea formations. The application was moved from an IBM SP2 to a 32-node Linux cluster, a move that saved Amerada Hess nearly $2,000,000, according to Vic Forsyth, Amerada Hess’s Houston-based Manager of Geophysical systems. "Without Linda®, a rewrite would have been required that would have delayed implementation by many months," said Forsyth.

About Atipa Corporation
Atipa Corporation is one of the leading suppliers of pre-configured Linux workstations, servers and clusters for information management today. Best known as one of the first dedicated Linux solutions companies, Atipa partners with other technology and market leaders to make its products available in complete Linux solutions for businesses of all sizes.

In early 2000, Atipa received over $30 million in equity capital from an investment group led by affiliates of Soros Private Equity Partners LLC, TA Associates, and WR Hambrecht + Co.

Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, Atipa develops, manufactures, licenses and markets solutions, products, technologies and services for business, education, consumer, scientific and engineering and government customers. Atipa provides Linux solutions based on Red Hat (Nasdaq:RHAT), SuSE, Caldera (Nasdaq: CALD), and Corel Linux (Nasdaq:CORL).

For additional information about Atipa Corporation, the Product Solution Series or our end-to-end services, see Atipa on the Web at or call toll free (800) 360-4346.

Press Contact:

Darrek Porter
Atipa Corp.
Phone: 816-595-3000 x1205
[email protected]
About Scientific Computing Associates
Founded in 1980, SCIENTIFIC has pioneered the commercial use of parallel and distributed computing. Linda® software is a set of powerful extensions to C, C++, Fortran and Java that enables rapid development and deployment of parallel applications. Linda® is a coordination language which supplies the "glue" needed to cement many independent processes together into a single parallel program. Linda® provides a Virtual Shared Memory (VSM) that is logically shared by all the processes in a parallel program. Linda® is easy to use, even for users who are new to parallel computing. Proven applications include financial and risk analysis, computational chemistry and biotechnology, seismic analysis, electronic design (EDA), and computational fluid dynamics.

For more information about Linda® and SCIENTIFIC’s other powerful software products and services, contact SCIENTIFIC at 203/777-7442, visit the company’s web page at, or email [email protected]

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