FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Absoft to Provide High Performance Computing
Software Developers Kit for IBM Linux On POWER™ Clusters and Servers
High Performance Computing hardware and software from IBM and Absoft maximizes
performance for software developers on IBM HPC servers and clusters
Supercomputing 2004, Pittsburgh, PA (November 9, 2004)
Absoft Corporation today announced it will manage, sell, and support a new High Performance Computing
(HPC) Software Developers Kit (SDK) for IBM Linux on POWER™ clusters and servers. The new Absoft HPC
SDK is expected to become the standard HPC Development Kit offered to developers for IBM Linux on POWER
servers and clusters.
The new kit will include compilers, debugging solutions,
message passing libraries, numerical libraries, and other software tools used by developers in the
Build-Debug-Run-Optimize development cycle for high-performance computing applications.
Tools included in the SDK are from IBM, Absoft, and other manufacturers and open source providers.
Easy to install, simple-to-use and incorporating the most
powerful best-of-breed high performance computing development tools available, the new Absoft HPC
SDK will be developed for all configurations of IBM Linux on POWER clusters and servers. The basic
HPC SDK comes pre-configured and includes: IBM's performance leading XL Fortran and XL C/C++ compilers,
Absofts multi-platform compatible Fortran95 compiler, Absoft's multi-language Fx2 Debugging Solution,
IBMs highly optimized ESSL Mathematical and Scientific Libraries and LAM/MPI. The HPC SDK also comes
with a common installer and a common license manager available exclusively from Absoft.
IBM shares with Absoft a mission to provide our clients
with simplified and cost effective applications for high-performance computing, said Brian
Connors, vice president of Linux on POWER, IBM Systems & Technology Group. This announcement
is yet another example of IBMs deep commitment to our partners as we expand the Linux on POWER
ecosystem and provide our mutual customers what theyre looking for - the highest performing, most
reliable solutions available anywhere.
Other enhanced SDK options will soon include floating network
licenses, a parallel debugger, performance analysis tools, memory tuning software and more. Top products
from other vendors and open sources will be made available. Availability of the HPC SDK for Linux on
POWER is expected in late 2004 directly from Absoft and IBM for IBM Linux on POWER configurations running
SUSE SLES 9 or Red Hat's RHEL 3 or later Linux distributions. Support for Linux Standard Base 2.0 is
We are pleased to expand our business relationship and
product offerings with an industry leader like IBM in the high performance computing market.
said Wood Lotz, President of Absoft. The HPC SDK combines the latest and best-performing tools
for high performance supercomputing with Linux on Power in a complete, cost effective package. The
purchase and installation process is simple when you receive the software it just works
everything is pre-configured and easily installed so that HPC developers can be productive from the
moment they receive this solution from Absoft and IBM.
The Absoft HPC SDK is expected to be available for shipment
beginning in December 2004 as a pre-configured package based on the number of processors and the number
of simultaneous users on the HPC system. Prices start at
$5,000 for commercial versions. Product and ordering information are available at
by calling Absoft at (248) 853-0050, or by emailing email@example.com.
About Absoft Corporation
Based in Rochester Hills, Michigan, Absoft Corporation is a world leader in software
development tools. Since 1980 Absoft has led the scientific and engineering software
community by introducing the first commercial 32-bit Fortran compilers for Macintosh,
Windows-NT, Linux and HPC environments. Absoft business partners include: Apple, IBM,
Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Motorola, Cray Research, Sun and Silicon Graphics. Absoft is the
sole provider of source-compatible Fortran and debugging solutions for all of todays
leading computing platforms. Major educational institutions, research laboratories, and
Fortune 2000 companies use Absoft tools worldwide.
For more information about Absoft, visit http://www.absoft.com,
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or
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