PSSC Labs Joins the Linda Club at Scientific Computing Associates
New Haven CT - May 23, 2000 - Scientific Computing Associates, Inc., a leader
in high-performance computing software, is pleased to announce that PSSC Labs,
the Beowulf Builders, 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
Since its inception in 1987, PSSC Labs has prided itself on
delivering product that other companies cannot. Their flexibility and
understanding of advanced hardware allows PSSC Labs to offer one of the widest
range of products and services in the industry. In addition, PSSC Labs prides
itself on providing the highest quality of service and support at a price that
other companies simply cannot match. These attributes have attracted companies
from a wide variety of organizations including universities, government
sponsored departments, and a number of Fortune 500 companies. Jason Conner, the
Director of Computing at the University of California, Irvine Arts Department
and long time PSSC Labs customer, reiteriates these points.
consistently come through for us where many other vendors have failed. They are
our major source for PC workstations, and have been extremely helpful in
acquiring specific products and solving a wide variety of technical problems.
Their pre- and post-sales support is truly phenomenal," states Mr. Conner.
Labs now uses its years of experience to build custom configured Beowulf
Clusters. Thanks to an expertise born from this experience, PSSC Labs was able
to recognize the value of adding Linda to it's Beowulf Clusters. Flexibility,
power and ease of use, all hallmarks of Linda, translate into dramatically
reduced start up time and increased operating efficiency.
"We are extremely
pleased to offer Linda as part of our product line," explains Larry Lesser, PSSC
Labs President. "Our real goal is to offer customers the most computing power
for their money and we believe Linda adds value to our already outstanding
products. We feel this partnership will allow both companies to attract new
customers and continue to enhance our respective product development."
Labs will be a great partner," says Jerry Lipchus, Sales Manager for SCIENTIFIC.
"We are very impressed with PSSC Labs' client base. We look forward to a very
successful future together."
This strategic relationship between SCIENTIFIC and
PSSC Labs offers advantages extending beyond the initial Beowulf Cluster
purchase. SCIENTIFIC has commissioned PSSC Labs to handle future end-user
purchases of Linda upgrades or other SCIENTIFIC products, therefore 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 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 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 Scientific Computing Associates
Founded in 1980, Scientific Computing
Associates has pioneered the commercial use of parallel and distributed
computing. With its introduction of Linda, the company was the first to offer
businesses a cost-effective, packaged product to harness the potential of
supercomputing. The company's expertise and ongoing research into these fields
has resulted in various government contracts and development and marketing
partnerships with numerous companies, including IBM, Compaq, and Red Hat, Inc.
In addition to software, various training and support options are available.
For more information about Linda for Linux and SCIENTIFIC's other powerful software
products and services, contact SCIENTIFIC at (203) 777-7442, visit the company's
web page at www.LindaSpaces.com, or e-mail .
About PSSC Labs
Founded in 1987, PSSC Labs specializes in manufacturing customized computer solutions to
meet their customers' needs. The company continues to push the computing
envelope by exploring advanced computing solutions such as Beowulf
Supercomputers. Their list of clients includs NASA, Northrop Grumman, Harvard
University, Pacific Northwest Labs, Center for Disease Control, the University
of California school system, and many more.
For more information about PSSC Labs visit the company's web site at www.pssclabs.com,
call direct at (949) 380-7288, or e-mail [email protected].