Linda® Supercomputing now available for the PowerPC using Black Lab Linux

New Haven, CT – October 17, 2000: Scientific Computing Associates, Inc., a leader in high-performance computing software, and Terra Soft Solutions, Inc. are pleased to announce that Linda® Supercomputing is now available for the PowerPC using Black Lab Linux.

Terra Soft introduced Linda® as a powerful addition to their already strong and growing suite of applications, demonstrating their commitment to offering as complete and well supported a distribution as possible. “Through four simple commands to annotate codes and the precompiler, developers can use Linda® to ‘parallelize’ existing serial applications, enabling efficient, high-performance in a parallel computing environment. Less time consuming than hand recoding, less expensive than traditional supercomputing, Linda® and Black Lab Linux PowerPC clusters offer an ideal parallel development and computing system,” says Terra Soft in their news release of October 9, 2000.

“The release of Linda® for the PowerPC opens up new opportunities for rapid and easy development of applications for parallel processing, “said Jerry Lipchus, Director of Sales at Scientific Computing Associates.

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 all are 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 saves Hess nearly $2M, 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 months,” said Forsyth.

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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