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 Beowulf cluster.

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.

"PSSC has 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.

PSSC 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."

"PSSC 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, 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, call direct at (949) 380-7288, or e-mail [email protected].

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