Parallel Computing in OS X

By: Dean Dauger, Charles Parnot, & James Reynolds - Revised: 2014-01-2 richard


The three participants will present their work in Parallel computing with the Macintosh:

Combining powerful, numerically-intensive parallel computing clusters with the famed ease-of-use of the Macintosh, Pooch is the only solution that merges a modern graphical user interface with supercomputer compatible parallel computing. This software enables users, without any expertise with OS X, world-wide to develop and run parallel code eficiently and productively.

This session will also include discussion of a particular biological model and the architecture of the Xgrid-aware application built to run computations used to analyze biophysical studies done in the lab towards the goal of better understanding one receptor involved in heart regulation.

Since the official release of XGrid, it has been used to render POV-Ray and Maya animations with more accuracy and ease, using modifications of Apple’s Xgrid sample code to submit jobs. Experiences and future plans for releasing a submission and job queue engine for Maya and POV-Ray will be shared.