Aspen Systems Releases v2.0 of Aspen Beowulf Cluster (ABC) Management Software
Thursday June 19 2003 @ 10:53AM EDT

Wheat Ridge, Colorado, June 19, 2003 Aspen Systems, Inc., a world leader in the custom design, manufacture and service of a wide array of Linux(R)-based high-performance computing solutions, announced today the release of version 2.0 for their turnkey, browser-based software management system, Aspen Beowulf Cluster (ABC) Management Software. ABC 2.0 is built on the foundation of the currently successful ABC 1.2.

Aspen Systems has expanded ABC 2.0 to include the following capabilities:

· Supports AMD Opteron(TM) processors
· SSL enabled access
· Shadow copy/restore capabilities
· Diskless node configuration, administration and management
· Expanded plugins
· New splash screen
· Support for heterogeneous cluster nodes
· Expanded e-mail notification for downed nodes and system traps
· Multiple temperature scale support
· Expanded node self-reporting statistics such as:
   - CPU speed
   - Processor model
   - Motherboard type
   - Available memory
· Node monitoring reports individual CPU loads in addition to an aggregated CPU load
· Expanded package management functionality
· Poller enhancements
· SNMP trap rendering sort and database purge capabilities
· Simplified installation

“The extensive capabilities of ABC 2.0 support the goals of Aspen Systems’ target audience of scientists, engineers and researchers within government, education and industry.” Stated Steve Spring, CEO of Aspen Systems. “The target audience’s time and resources are extremely valuable and any time, money or effort not spent in direct support of their mission has negative impacts and consequences. Therefore, Aspen Systems provides a powerful management tool that is critical to the operation of a Beowulf cluster in order to accelerate research, discovery and problem solving.”

Aspen Systems ABC 2.0 is available immediately. Pricing for ABC starts as low as $100 per node. To learn more about ABC 2.0, to receive a demo or to purchase ABC 2.0, contact an Aspen Systems sales engineer toll free (US & Canada only) at 800-992-9242 or 303-431-4606 or visit Aspen Systems on the Internet at www.aspsys.com. Aspen Systems will be running demonstrations of ABC 2.0 during ClusterWorld 2003 in San Jose, California at the San Jose Convention Center on June 24-26, 2003. Visit Aspen Systems in booth number 101.

About ABC

ABC is a true interactive cluster management tool that enables remote monitoring and management to the cluster from anywhere in the world. The ABC Software Management system is an umbrella of tools and utilities designed to manage, control and operate a Beowulf cluster from a single integrated application.

About Aspen Systems

Aspen Systems, Inc., a privately held corporation, has been serving the high-performance, technical computing community with expertise in custom computer hardware design, manufacturing and service for over 20 years. Their expertise includes a variety of high-performance technical computing disciplines with emphasis on serving the needs of advanced technical computing users and corporations that use the most demanding applications. Aspen Systems has built their reputation, as a leading provider of Beowulf clustering solutions by offering multiple configurations with a choice of processors and connectivity for specific performance needs. First class technical support and state-of-the-art products allows Aspen Systems to create and support the high-performance solutions that customers in the Weather Modeling, Financial Modeling, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Bio-tech, and Geophysics Research fields (among other compute-intensive parallel markets) demand. For more information about Aspen Systems, visit their website at http://www.aspsys.com .

Editorial Contact:
Leslie Cunningham
Aspen Systems, Inc.
(T) 303-431-4606
(E) lesliec@aspsys.com

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