The MathWorks Enables MATLAB Parallel Computing Tools to Run on the EGEE Grid : Users of the European Grid Can Now Solve Large, Complex Problems Involving Significant Amounts of Data with Minimal Resource Investment

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The MathWorks today announced that its parallel computing products – Parallel Computing Toolbox and MATLAB Distributed Computing Server – are now running on the EGEE grid (Enabling Grids for E-sciencE). These tools are fully integrated with gLite, the middleware used by EGEE, which is Europe’s largest high performance computing consortium. Prior to this integration, users could not work with MATLAB in a grid environment. Now, EGEE users can access the power of the grid directly from their desktop.

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EGEE invited feedback from its users on their use of MathWorks tools. Fifty percent of the respondents said that they use MATLAB and Parallel Computing Toolbox for their critical applications, while another thirty percent said that they were heavy or frequent users

The MathWorks parallel computing tools let users develop MATLAB and Simulink applications that can work in a variety of environments, from a multicore desktop to computer clusters and grids. A grid is a cluster of networked, loosely-coupled computers that act in concert to perform very large tasks. Co-funded by the European Commission, EGEE is a grid infrastructure that makes immense computing resources accessible to users. With over 70,000 CPUs and access to more than 250 High Performance Computing (HPC) centers, EGEE provides users, irrespective of their location, with the large-scale computing power necessary to run their applications.

"EGEE invited feedback from its users on their use of MathWorks tools. Fifty percent of the respondents said that they use MATLAB and Parallel Computing Toolbox for their critical applications, while another thirty percent said that they were heavy or frequent users," said Erwin Laure, technical director of the EGEE project. "Parallel Computing Toolbox simply makes it easier for users to develop parallel applications in MATLAB. On our grid systems, MATLAB Distributed Computing Server enables users to execute the same MATLAB codes and Simulink models in the grid that were executed on the desktop."

"Researchers are constantly seeking ways to improve the speed with which they can develop and execute their complex programs," said Silvina Grad-Freilich, manager of parallel computing and application deployment marketing at The MathWorks. "The MathWorks is committed to enabling these researchers to tap into the tremendous benefits of high performance computing with tools and collaborations that allow them to run their applications faster and solve larger, more intricate problems. The work we're doing with EGEE is the most recent step in our mission to provide tools and services that support parallel computing for the scientific and engineering community."

About The MathWorks

The MathWorks is the world's leading developer of technical computing and Model-Based Design software for engineers and scientists in industry, government, and education. With an extensive product set based on MATLAB and Simulink, The MathWorks provides software and services to solve challenging problems and accelerate innovation in automotive, aerospace, communications, financial services, biotechnology, electronics, instrumentation, process, and other industries.

The MathWorks was founded in 1984 and employs more than 2,000 people worldwide, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts. For additional information, visit http://www.mathworks.com.

MATLAB and Simulink are registered trademarks of The MathWorks, Inc. See http://www.mathworks.com/trademarks for a list of additional trademarks. Other product or brand names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

About EGEE

The Enabling Grids for E-sciencE (EGEE) project is co-funded by the European Commission. The project aims to provide researchers in both academia and industry with access to major computing resources, independent of their geographic location.

EGEE's main aims are: to build a secure, reliable and robust grid infrastructure; to supply a computing resource specifically intended to be used by many different scientific disciplines; and to attract, engage and support a wide range of users from science and industry, and provide them with extensive technical and training support. For more information, visit http://www.eu-egee.org/.

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