[NOTE: More Mac related]
Revolutionary Cluster and Grid Performance Booster
Adds MAC OS X, PBS Professional Support and More
eXludus Technologies Inc. today
launched version 2.0 of RepliCator, the company's award-winning parallel file
serving software product that has demonstrated revolutionary performance
improvements of up to 10 times on customers' compute clusters and grids.
Separately today, GRIDtoday magazine announced that eXludus's RepliCator
won the 2006 Editor's Choice Award for "Most Innovative Storage Solution for a
RepliCator 2.0 provides an easy, compatible upgrade from RepliCator 1.6 and
adds important functionality and external compatibility.
- The optional Meta Language Processor (MLP), already available for
Sun's N1 Grid Engine workload manager, now also has an integrated interface
to Altair's PBS Professional workload management solution. MLP provides
tight integration with workload management systems, and coordinates job
submissions and data transfers.
- RepliCator 2.0 adds support for Mac OS X and continues full support for
Linux, including Red Hat and SUSE versions, and for the Sun Solaris operating
- A new Auto-Restart feature and traceability functions enhance reliability in
the event of an unexpected system crash.
- A new FTP (File Transfer Protocol) front-end feature for RepliCator and
MLP allows remote submission of job scripts using a standard FTP client.
Other enhancements include cache management improvements, an
improved MLP-Sun Grid Engine interface, and synchronous parallel transfer
"RepliCator 2.0 adds new capabilities to our powerful parallel file serving
solution while extending its reach to Mac OS X and PBS Professional users,"
said eXludus Technologies founder and CEO Benoît Marchand. "RepliCator
substantially boosts ROI for clusters and grids by staging data for subsequent
jobs while current jobs are running, and by simultaneously transferring data to
all nodes in a cluster. Clusters and grids no longer sit idle for significant
periods while jobs wait for their data."
RepliCator parallel file serving software transfers data to all nodes in a cluster
or grid, exploiting the improved performance and capacity of local disks. It
especially benefits throughput-oriented workloads with moderate to high data
rate, but is worthwhile for data rates as low as 200-300 MB per hour per CPU.
eXludus has measured aggregate data rate speedups of over 20-fold versus
on-demand file serving, and near-linear scaling to 600 processors. In addition,
RepliCator is asynchronous, fault-tolerant with respect to network and node
failures, and interoperable with users' existing applications, workload
managers and operating systems.