LOS ANGELES, CA – July 22, 2003 – PSSC Labs Inc., a pioneer in Linux®-based high-performance computing and Beowulf class specialist, unveiled version 3.0 of CBeST, the company’s premier cluster management software. The software will ship fully installed and functional according to the customized specification of the end user.
PSSC Labs has optimized CBeST v3.0 to function immediately upon delivery with the following features:
- Custom Installation for specific computing tasks
- Latest Version of the Linux® Kernel
- Supports 32-bit and 64-bit AMD® and Intel® processors
- Open Source Tools (nothing proprietary
- CBeST does not consume significant computing overhead and resources allowing users to maximum computing power on computational tasks
- Constant Updating for maximum performance
- Elegant Management of Node Replication/Addition/Repair
- CPU Temperature and Monitoring Capabilities
- Full Integration & Testing of Message Passing Libraries and Open Source Compilers
- Diskless Configuration Available
- CBeST is Free When Purchased with PSSC Labs Linux® Cluster
- Free Custom user manual including: system operation, monitoring and updating
- Telephone/Email Support for All Installed CBeST Software at No Additional Charge
“With CBeST 3.0, we’ve created our most elegant and easy-to-use cluster management tool”, said Alex Lesser, VP of PSSC Labs. “What we’ve learned from our customers in diverse fields from pharmaceutical research to weather modeling is that they need systems that are optimized for specific tasks so that they can focus on their research and not cluster management. We feel like we’ve met that demand with 3.0.”
PSSC Labs’ CBeST is currently operating on clusters at several NASA facilities (Ames Research Center, Dryden Flight Research, Goddard Space Center); universities (U.C. – Berkeley, MIT, Columbia) and private companies (British Airways, Lucent, Hitachi). CBeST 3.0 will be delivered in custom clusters for Stanford University and the University of Idaho in the coming weeks.
"PSSC Labs offered the best combination of hardware, software packages, and competitive pricing of all vendors solicited. In addition, PSSC Labs was very helpful in answering my specific questions about the cluster,” explains Mr. William McKeon of Edwards Air Force Base.
Innovations like CBeST 3.0 have allowed PSSC Labs to grow in the increasingly competitive field of Linux servers. According to analysts at Gartner, Inc. sales in the sector increased 63 percent from 2001 to 2002, from $1.3 billion to $2 billion. However, even those numbers are not indicative of the trend in Linux-based servers in the United States that saw 90% growth in the fourth quarter of 2002.
Lesser continued, “What’s so exciting about this kind of computing is that with commodity components, a smaller company like PSSC Labs can compete with the likes of IBM and HP to build supercomputers for some of the most interesting research projects in the world.”
Frequently, vendors fail to provide turn-key solutions when delivering clusters of this sort, leaving researchers to spend valuable time reconfiguring the system and failing to utilize the full potential of the machine.
Stated Lesser, "We are delivering turn-key solutions. Not just a bunch of PCs with a
basic OS. Our goal is to provide the most computing power possible. This performance significantly depends on the installed software and configuration. Through our experience we are able to dramatically improve performance by software optimization. Several people who have benchmarked equipment from various vendors, have stated that our machines outperform similar machines by 10-15%."
About PSSC Labs
PSSC (Professional Service Super Computers) Labs Inc., provides high performance workstations, servers and Beowulf class supercomputing solutions to the world's most prestigious and demanding organizations. Since 1989, these organizations have relied upon PSSC Labs for their High Performance Computing and High Speed Interconnect needs. Each PSSC Labs system is custom-configured to meet specific computing requirements in such fields as scientific research, visualization, real-time simulations or financial modeling. PSSC Labs’ expertise in hardware, Linux software, cluster management tools and unsurpassed lifetime support ensure that customers receive the best possible solution at the most competitive price. For complete details please call PSSC Labs at 949-380-7288 or visit http://www.pssclabs.com