An M.I.T.-born start-up called Interactive Supercomputing (ISC) unveiled a new class of technical computing software that, in effect, transforms powerful parallel supercomputers into easy-to-use, interactive desktop tools for rapidly solving large scientific and engineering problems.

ISC's Star-P is the world's first interactive parallel computing platform. It enables scientists and engineers to code algorithms and models on their desktops using familiar mathematical software packages such as MathWorks' MATLAB, and run them instantly and interactively on SGI Altix servers. Star-P eliminates the need to re-program the applications in C, Fortran or MPI to run on parallel computers - a productivity-killing step that can take months to years to complete for large, complex and computationally intensive problems.

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