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ILOG Announces Parallel Processing Support for
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3/9/00 5:31:00 AM
Source: PR Newswire

Red Hat to Demonstrate New ILOG Parallel Solver on Red Hat Linux PC-Class Servers at System Builder Summit

PALM SPRINGS, Calif., March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- ILOG (Nasdaq:ILOG) today announced that its parallel processing optimization components now support Linux, including the new ILOG Parallel Solver -- being announced today -- and ILOG Parallel CPLEX, a move that will bring high-end parallel optimization applications to the Linux community for the first time. Linux support for parallel processing brings the robustness of parallel UNIX together with the cost-performance benefits of PC-class servers. Red Hat, Inc.(Nasdaq:RHAT), the market leader in open source solutions and a leading Linux distributor, will conduct the first public demonstration of the new ILOG Parallel Solver running on PC-class multiprocessor servers during the System Builder Summit in Palm Springs, March 8-11.

Applications that perform optimization are the most common commercial parallel processing solutions, used by leading supply chain companies, major airlines, shipping companies, and other Fortune 500 companies to achieve significant returns on investment -- up to 300 percent in many cases. Optimization software examines millions of alternative answers to a problem to determine the best solution. Optimization software can take advantage of parallel processing in order to reduce the time needed to find the optimal solution.

"Today's announcement underscores the reliability of Linux used for business-critical enterprise applications, of which optimization via parallel processing is a prime example," said Michael Tiemann, Red Hat chief technology officer. "When market forces or customer demands mandate a change in plans, you need a system that is up, running and has enough performance to re-optimize in real time. Red Hat Linux has the proven reliability and scalability to meet this challenge."

New ILOG Parallel Solver Addresses Under-served Market

ILOG Parallel Solver is the latest addition to ILOG's family of parallel optimization products, which also includes ILOG Parallel CPLEX. As a complement to Parallel CPLEX, which is used predominantly for planning problems by most major airlines as well as supply chain management vendors, ILOG Parallel Solver will address the optimization of real-time execution problems -- a need that has largely been under-served due to the lack of fast, robust solving technology.

With e-Commerce driving the need for corporate supply chains to respond more quickly and accurately to customers, better real-time execution tools are increasingly needed, but have been unavailable until now. ILOG Parallel Solver is based on constraint programming, the most effective technique for real time execution problems that are computationally difficult to solve using more traditional methods.

Real-time execution problems include:

-- Capable-to-promise information for build-to-order products like cars and computers so an accurate delivery date can be given a customer placing an order.

-- Car sequencing for the automotive industry for scheduling cars on a production line to optimize the use of existing plant resources.

-- E-fulfillment applications for determining real delivery dates for items purchased on the Web, versus a scripted answer based on the date of the order.

"With so many of our supply chain customers realizing the pressures of e-Commerce and the need to operate in real time, our new Parallel Solver gives them a powerful new tool for quickly responding to customer demands," said Pierre Haren, ILOG president and CEO. "These companies now have the ability to give customers their best answer versus their best guess, and this could mean the difference between a successful purchase and a lost customer."

ILOG Parallel Solver also supports HP-UX, Sun Solaris, Windows NT and Windows 2000. ILOG Parallel CPLEX is available for SuSE Linux, as well as HP-UX, Sun Solaris, Compaq Tru64 Unix, and SGI IRIX.

Linux Gaining Favor

International Data Corp. (IDC) research states that paid Linux shipments grew faster than any other server operating system over the past two years based on unit sales. IDC preliminary figures for 1999 show Linux shipments hold 24.6 percent of the server operating system market, up from 15.8 in 1998.

Red Hat, through its acquisition of Cygnus Solutions, is a founding member of the Trillian Project, which early last month released the source code for the Linux OS port and the GNU development tools for IA-64. ILOG CPLEX, the core software engine for ILOG Parallel CPLEX, was among the first commercial software products to be ported to Trillian IA-64 Linux.

About ILOG

Dually headquartered in Paris and Mountain View, Calif., ILOG was named the world's leading supplier of software components by International Data Corp. in its latest ranking. Founded in 1987, ILOG offers embeddable optimization, visualization and business rules components that dramatically shorten the development time of enterprise applications in the supply chain, telecommunications, transportation and financial services industries. ILOG already has a significant market share for its optimization software and is playing an active role in the emergence of the e-business software components market. Visit www.ilog.com for additional information.

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