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Keynote Address and Gold Sponsor at P2P International Forum, Forum Hotel, Munich, May 21-22


Platform Computing Corporation, the global leader in distributed resource management (DRM), are set to provide a controversial keynote address at Europe's premier Peer To Peer (P2P) think-tank. Headed up as "The Salvation of eBusiness" and taking place at the Forum Hotel in Munich, this event will draw together all the major players in the rapidly developing P2P market.

The forum addresses one of today’s hottest IT markets. Listed this year as one of their ‘Top Ten Trends,’ Red Herring believes distributed computing is “going to change the way we think about technology and the internet itself.” A Gold Sponsor of the event, Platform will be joined by Intel Corporation's P2P "Evangelist," Bob Knighten and representatives from Gnutella (Gene Kan, Open Source Developer and President) and Deloitte & Touche (Jiri Donat, Senior Manager Management Consulting).

"P2P computation will inevitably become distributed resource management," is the angle which Bill Hartwick, Vice President Marketing, Platform Computing, will take in his keynote address.


“Peer to Peer has become fashionable as the shape of the next wave of distributed computing enabled by the Internet. It is currently popularised by either distributed resource location management services, such as Napster and Gnutella, or by computation management services, such as SETI@home. But neither manifestation is inherently sufficient to survive generalised network service. Ultimately, I believe, they will inevitably evolve into either resource-specific applications (such as Napster's music service), or into large-scale network file services. Meanwhile, distributed computation management services on their own only provide wide-scale cycle-stealing without regard for the wide diversity of computational resources that may be available in the network. As these services become more realistic, they need to add scheduling capabilities to better exploit resource diversity. Ultimately they will inevitably evolve into more sophisticated distributed resource management (DRM) services…"

Platform Computing has been at the cutting edge of P2P since before the term was first coined. The company has a nine-year heritage in DRM and load sharing, with customers in markets such as automotive, oil & gas and life sciences, who have seen real business benefits from DRM. Platform's renown DRM solution, LSF (a/k/a Load Sharing Facility), is also in use in the movie industry, where P2P technologies are a vital component in special effects production. 'Gladiator' would not have romped to Oscar glory were it not for the behind-the-scenes work of Platform Computing and LSF.

LSF also harnessed AMD’s corporate compute power in the production of their 1GHz Athlon Processor. “The percentage of the processing power across the environment we have been able to harness with LSF has really been unprecedented,” commented Steve Baugh, systems administrator at AMD at the time of implementation. “We are now running at 90% and above utilisation - really pushing the outer limits of our design hardware and computing resources.”

Hartwick explains Platform’s role in the P2P market, “Organisations in tech-heavy industries such as electronics, high tech and bioinformatics, are delivering products that push today's most powerful systems to their limits - and beyond.

For these companies to achieve the 'next level' in product development, they require distributed, or Peer To Peer functionality. Having been developing systems in this market for some years, we not only have a product (LSF 4.1) that can manage a distributed computing environment and demonstrate real cost savings.

We also have the experience to be able to tackle the issues - such as security, revenue generation, B2B collaboration, feasibility modelling, and so on - of the burgeoning P2P market head on.”


About Platform Computing

Platform Computing Corporation is a world leader in Distributed Resource Management software. Platform’s software, LSF Suite and SiteAssure Suite, enables some of the world's most creative companies to achieve outstanding results by allowing them to maximise the productivity potential of their people, computing resources and processes. Platform’s products give both technical and Internet environments unprecedented control over their mission-critical hardware, software and network resources. With Platform solutions, customers are able to bridge the worlds of networks, systems and applications and realise higher availability and performance to achieve their business objectives.

Founded in 1992, Platform has more than 1,500 customers worldwide and has strategic partnerships with Compaq, Sun, IBM, Cisco, HP and SGI. For more info on Platform, readers can visit http://www.platform.com.

For more information:

Platform Computing Corporation
Sharon White
+44 (0)1256 370516
swhite@platform.com

MCC International
Tamsin Keynton/Ian Peel
Tel: +44 (0)1962 888100
Fax: +44 (0)1962 888125
tamsin.keyton@mccint.com
ian.peel@mccint.com



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