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Release Digest: General, July 29, 2002

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The Jiles Project 1.16

The Jikes Project (a compiler for the Java with an extremely fast compile speed) has released version 1.16. This release represents 9 months of development, 4 megs of patches (when consolidated into one unified diff) covering well over 100,000 lines of changes. Some of the focus of the releaes include:

* spec support:
- support for JSR 41 (java asserts available in JSDK 1.4!)
- tighter JLS/JVMS obedience, including focus on:
. Inner classes
. Definite (un)assignment

* adjusted options:
- more gnu-like options available such as --help.
- --source and --target options to control how jikes interprets source and emits classes.
- more javac compatibility flags added, such as -J

* 9 months of miscenalious bug fixes:
- over 350 jacks test cases fixed
- ZERO jacks test cases regressed

This release is dedicated to geeks and the people who love them.

The Jikes Project


OAK RIDGE, Tenn., July 31,2002 --The Open Cluster Group announces the
release of version 1.3 of the popular OSCAR software. OSCAR is a
snapshot of the best known methods for building, programming, and 
administering clusters. It consists of a fully integrated and easy to
install software bundle designed for high performance cluster computing.
Everything needed to install, build, maintain, and use a modest sized
Linux cluster is included in the suite, making it unnecessary to
download or even install any individual software packages on your
cluster. Over 56,000 copies of OSCAR have been downloaded since it was
first made available on SourceForge in June 2001.

The features of OSCAR v1.3 are:
    * RedHat 7.1 and 7.2 support
    * Mandrake 8.2 support (experimental)
    * Support for the Itanium 1 platform
    * Support for adding/deleting nodes
    * Easy user selection of MPI implementation
    * Ganglia (2.2.3) monitoring system
    * Improved cluster test routine and results display
    * An API for drop in package support
    * Updated packages:
          o C3 3.1
          o Pfilter 1.663
          o LAM/MPI 6.5.6
          o MPICH 1.2.4
          o Maui scheduler 3.0.6p9
          o OpenPBS 2.2p11
          o PVM 3.4.4+6
          o SIS 0.90/2.1.3/1.25

This release is available for download at the OSCAR project page:

(note that although SourceForge marks the download file as "i386", the
file WILL work on Itanium platforms as well)

Please use the oscar-users mailing list for help and discussions, and
report any bugs in the bug tracker. Both of these are also available at
the OSCAR project page.

The Open Cluster Group (
is composed of researchers from Bald Guy Software, Dell, IBM,
Indiana University, Intel, MSC.Software, NCSA, and
Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Ch 3.0

SoftIntegration released Ch 3.0. Ch is an alternative to other scripting
languages and mathematical software packages for automating tasks,
regression test, system administration, web development, 
2D/3D graphical plotting and scientific numerical computing. 

Ch is a platform-independent embeddable C/C++ interpreter. It supports
ISO C standard, C++ class, POSIX, GTK+, Windows, OpenGL, X/Motif
and socket/WinSock with over 8,000 functions. It is an ideal solution
for rapid prototyping. 

Ch can be used for embedded scripting for open architecture
software development, real-time interactive computing,
mechatronic system integration, and Web development.

Ch 3.0 is optimized for embedded scripting and supports more C99
features in comparison with Ch 2.1. Ch 3.0 Professional Edition
supports C LAPACK for solving systems of simultaneous linear
equations, eigenvalue problems, and singular value problems.
Ch X/Motif, GTK+, Windows and OpenGL toolkits are now included in
Ch Standard/Professional Edition 3.0.

Ch has many high-level extensions to C, including shell programming
for system administration, generic functions, string type,
computational arrays for linear algebra and matrix computations,
user-friendly 2D/3D graphic plotting, classes for Common Gateway
Interface (CGI), and advanced high-level numerical functions for
linear systems, differential equation solving, integration, non-linear
equations, Fourier analysis, etc. For example, linear equation b = A*x
can be written verbatim in Ch.

With Ch, developers can accelerate application development with
numerical computation in the domain of C/C++. It can avoid lengthy
compile/link/execute/debug cycles for rapid application development.

Ch for Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP, Linux, Solaris, and HP-UX is
available. Ch Standard Edition is free for academic and non-profit