Terra Soft Ships Black Lab v2.1 with Advanced Cluster Management Technologies
FULLY REDESIGNED BLACK LAB v2.1 OFFERS BPROC, SUPERMON, BLAST
Loveland, Colorado -- 4 September 2002 -- Terra Soft Solutions, Inc., the
leading developer of integrated PowerPC Linux solutions is proud to announce
Black Lab v2.1 for YDL, a radical departure from previous versions of Terra
Soft's cluster management suite.
Black Lab v2.1 is a cluster build and management suite for HPC clusters
running Yellow Dog Linux. It offers single-click installation and
configuration, automated updates through apt-get, a graphical user interface
designed for both new and savvy cluster managers, control of multiple
clusters, and for those who prefer --command line control.
"We have completely redesigned the foundation on which Black Lab operates.
Previous versions were based upon ssh while this release incorporates BProc
3.0, Los Alamos National Lab technology that enables a low overhead, highly
scalable cluster control system designed to operate with hundreds, even a
thousand nodes," explains David Gelvin, lead Black Lab developer at Terra
At the heart of the new Black Lab is a unique PowerPC Linux kernel with both
BProc 3.0 and Supermon built-in. Supermon provides near-realtime "life-signs"
from each node such as available swap, memory, and CPU load averages. More
than two dozen parameters are immediately available from the Black Lab
Control Center graphical user interface.
Gelvin continues, "BProc automatically migrates applications and shared
libraries from the server to selected nodes. This allows each node to operate
with a minimal installation of Linux on its local drive. In fact, entire
clusters can operate without drives local to the nodes, reducing complexity,
power consumption, and mean time between failure."
Black Lab enables node drive reformatting and installation in approximately
three minutes. Administrators may modify or design their own server-side node
images to build nodes with only the software required for the intended
function. Node images may install a full compliment of applications and
libraries, just local swap, or net-boot a drive-less node.
More information about Black Lab v2.1 is available from:
In addition, Black Lab includes an AltiVec optimized YDL version of the
bioinformatics library "Genentech BLAST", built upon the National Center for
Biotechnology Information (NCBI) tool suite and popularized by Apple Computer
earlier this year.
Finally, Black Lab includes a single-click, no configuration installation of
the renowned Mandelbrot Fractal Set generator. Mandelbrot offers an
aesthetically pleasing internode communication and CPU performance benchmark.
Black Lab v2.1 is available now from the Terra Soft online Store:
Terra Soft Solutions, Inc. is a leading developer of integrated solutions for
PowerPC. Yellow Dog Linux, the flagship product, has boosted viability of
Linux on PowerPC microprocessors with support for Apple Xserve, GVS 9000, the
briQ, and other PowerPC-based desktop, embedded, and HPC computers. Black Lab
is an HPC cluster node build and management suite.
For more information, visit http://www.terrasoftsolutions.com/