Supercomputer Power on a Shoestring Budget: Linda and
Paradise for Red Hat Linux
New Haven, CT,
August 18, 1999ůSCIENTIFIC Computing Associates, Inc., today announced that
Linda and Paradise, its parallel and distributed computing development
tools, now support Red Hat Linux,version 6.0. Trial versions of the software
are included on Red Hat's Applications CD, part of Red Hat's Official Linux
6.0 operating system.
brings accelerated performance to organizations that need more computing power
for their applications. SCIENTIFIC's Linda and Paradise enable multiple
processors and systems to be linked together and act as one. By combining speed
with a high level of fault tolerance, SCIENTIFIC's tools deliver supercomputer
capabilities, even on a network of PCs. The company has a well-established
reputation for enabling businesses to get their difficult tasks done faster and
more reliably than ever before.
For some time, Linux
developers have attempted to develop systems for computer clusters in order to
accomplish computationally intensive tasks more cost efficiently. Specific
development projects have addressed emerging applications in fields such as
chemistry, computational biology, and oil and gas exploration. Most Linux users
have found the complexity of creating parallel solutions on networked clusters
to be daunting. Linda and Paradise will dramatically decrease the effort
necessary to create, deploy and administer such solutions.
"SCIENTIFIC has always been
committed to supporting all platforms used in high-performance computing," said
Dr. Andrew Sherman, vice president of Scientific Computing Associates. "With the
growth of Red Hat Software and the growing acceptance of Linux, it is only
natural that we'd extend our products to this platform."
According to International
Data Corp., Linux was the fastest-growing operating environment in 1998, growing
more than 212 percent and capturing more than 17 percent of all shipments of
server operating systems. IDC estimates that Linux now has more than 10 million
Linda and Paradise
facilitate the development of parallel and distributed computing applications.
Linda, introduced in the mid-1980s, was the first commercial product to
implement virtual shared memory (VSM) for supercomputers and large workstation
clusters. Linda technology is embedded into parallel versions of Gaussian 98,
the computational chemistry program based on the methodology for which John
Pople won the 1998 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Paradise, a next-generation
evolution of Linda introduced in 1993, supports multiple VSMs and provides for
fault-tolerant distributed computing on heterogeneous platforms.
Linda and Paradise are used
in a variety of application areas, including financial and risk analysis,
computational chemistry and biology, seismic analysis, EDA, and fluid dynamics.
Corporate clients include Lehman Brothers, Enron, Motorola, and Amerada Hess.
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 the sea
floor. 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'
Houston-based manager of geophysical systems. "Without Linda, a rewrite would
have been required that would have delayed implementation by months," said
Development toolkits for
Red Hat Linux start at $1,500 for non-commercial organizations and $4,995 for
commercial companies. Various training and support options are available. For
more information about Linda and Paradise for Red Hat Linux, contact SCIENTIFIC
at (203) 777-7442, visit the company's web page at www.LindaSpaces.com, or e-mail .
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 to 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 now - Red Hat, Inc.