Distributed Computing Innovator RTDA Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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RTDA resource management and workload automation software helped lead the distributed computing transition, enabling firms to complete mission critical work in less time at lower cost. The ongoing impacts have led to faster research and innovation and more profitable product releases.

As companies like Intel and Google received headlines, less well-known, yet successful, Silicon Valley companies have played fundamental roles in shaping computing directions. One of these successes, Runtime Design Automation (RTDA), is celebrating a major milestone having reached its 20th anniversary this May.

RTDA released its first resource management software products beginning in the mid-nineties, including FlowTracerTM, which transforms complex processing tasks into more easily understood and managed work flows, and the aptly named NetworkComputerTM, which views and manages all networked computers as a single system. This processing and management control allowed organizations to move away from expensive mainframe and minicomputer systems and deploy more cost effective distributed computing infrastructure. The distributed model became widely used as enterprises deployed large clusters and grids which, in turn, led to the emerging private and public clouds. Today, the use of this computing model is pervasive; the latest “Top500 list” shows that 92% of the world’s most powerful computer systems are based on this architecture.

A proclaimed “reluctant entrepreneur”, RTDA Founder and CEO, Dr. Andrea Casotto, commented on the 20th anniversary stating, “We are extremely proud to mark this important milestone. Twenty years ago we envisioned that distributed computing could rapidly evolve, but only if very efficient solutions were developed that could precisely assign and manage processing tasks across the enterprise. We are very pleased to have played a role in this evolution.”

In 2013, the Arthur D. Little management consulting firm studied the profit impact of improved innovation times and found that new product break-even points could be achieved 30% sooner through related time to market reductions. StartupHPC's Shahin Khan, a respected Silicon Valley veteran who works with technology startups and has held executive positions at companies focused on enterprise computing, including Sun Microsystems and SGI, commented, “the strong correlation between time-to-market for new products and profitability is well-established, and even stronger in the winner-takes-all digital economy. A product released late struggles to gain market share even despite reasonably meeting customer needs."

The distributed computing model, combined with RTDA’s resource management solutions, enable users to process work more cost effectively and with an efficiency that reduces ‘time-to-answer’ and shortens product release dates. These gains allow companies to then realize higher profits through improved innovation rates. “For twenty years our solutions have helped our customers get new products to market faster which pleases us greatly,” Mr. Casotto concluded.

Today, RTDA’s product suite includes FlowTracerTM, software that transforms complex workflows into more reliable, easily managed and visualized components, NetworkComputerTM, the lowest latency solution available for distributing processing tasks across clusters and clouds, and LicenseMonitorTM and LicenseAllocatorTM, which ensure more cost effective utilization of valuable software licenses.

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