Dresden, Germany – June 28, 2006 – Allinea Software, a leading supplier of interoperable high performance computing software, announced today that the SHARCNET
Research Network in Canada has adopted its HPC development and optimization tools across the multiple sites of its research grid.
The deployment of Allinea’s Distributed Debugging Tool (DDT) and Optimization and Profiling Tool (OPT) will help SHARCNET’s developers to make optimal use of their large-scale HP-based grid resource and so accelerate their research. SHARCNET (Shared Hierarchical Academic Research Computing NETwork) is a consortium of academic and research organizations in Ontario, Canada. It provides researchers with the massive computational resources they need to advance their work across multiple disciplines: from modeling the movement of pollution and creating more efficient electronics, to achieving a greater understanding of the outbreak of diseases like SARS. SHARCNET recently took delivery of four HP Cluster Platform 4000 systems with a total of 1,900 HP ProLiant servers based on AMD Opteron™ processors running HP Linux-based XC System Software.
“When we took the decision to implement a grid computing facility for multidisciplinary research, there was a clear need for a comprehensive HPC development toolkit that would help users make best-use of this system. Given the breadth of our existing user base, and the need to encourage new users and disciplines to develop new applications, it was essential that these tools were both powerful and
very easy to use. After extensive testing, we chose to adopt Allinea’s tools: DDT for small to large-scale parallel debugging and OPT for profiling,” commented
Hugh Couchman, SHARCNET Scientific Director and McMaster Professor for SHARCNET
organization. “We were particularly pleased to see that Allinea has adopted a licensing model that is aligned with our grid computing model and that can meet our growing user requirements.”
“As computing grids bring together a more diverse user base and multiple HPC architectures, the need for intuitive, cross-platform development and optimization
tools is becoming critical to the success of scientific R&D,” said Dr. David Lecomber, CTO of Allinea Software. “We welcome the opportunity to work closely with major grid computing initiatives and in particular with SHARCNET and HP, to ensure that we maintain our technical and commercial lead within this Grid computing space.”
“Grids and clusters can only achieve their potential through the availability of a productive development environment for scalable, parallel applications,“ said Bruce Toal, marketing director, High Performance Computing, HP. “HP is pleased
to work with Allinea in the grid-deployment at SHARCNET and values Allinea’s participation in HP’s Unified Cluster Portfolio.”
About Allinea Software
Based in Warwick (UK), Allinea Software is a trading division of Concurrent Thinking Ltd., and is a leading supplier of tools for parallel and high performance computing. Allinea’s first software product, the Distributed Debugging Tool (DDT) is an established product with a worldwide customer base that includes a large number of universities, government research institutes and high-profile commercial organizations. With the recent announcement of the Optimization and Profiling Tool (OPT), and a new architecture that is common to all of its tools, Allinea offers unprecedented capabilities for application developers and HPC users.
The Shared Hierarchical Academic Research Computing Network (SHARCNET) is a world‐class
consortium of 16 Ontario colleges and universities in a “cluster of clusters” of high performance
computers linked by advanced fiber optics. Its unique infrastructure enables advanced
computational research in areas such as science, engineering and business within an active