SOFTWARE

Star-P

5 August 2008

Interactive Supercomputing

The latest version of Interactive Supercomputing's Star-P software for managing workloads across HPC applications now includes support for the SGI Altix ICE line of blade servers.

Star-P is an interactive parallel computing platform that lets scientists, engineers and analysts create algorithms and models on their desktops using familiar mathematical tools – such as Matlab and Python – and then run them instantly and interactively on parallel computers with little to no modification. It eliminates the need to re-program applications to run on parallel systems, making problem-solving faster and users more productive. The new version of Star-P adds support for Platform Computing's LSF workload management software for accelerating batch workload processing for HPC applications.

Platform LSF support gives Star-P users an intelligent scheduling tool for their parallelised applications to solve large, complex problems while maximising available computing resources. Star-P with Platform LSF is ideal for supercomputing centres and other large research organisations where computing resources are scheduled among many users. It ensures the right HPC resources are automatically allocated to the right users for maximum efficiency.

With Star-P’s new SGI Altix ICE support, customers can now take advantage of SGI’s ultra-dense, liquid-cooled blade server architecture to reap both peak computational performance and user productivity. The SGI Altix ICE is a new kind of blade server – part cluster, part massively parallel processing (MPP) – that minimises demands on a data centre's space and power. A single SGI Altix rack can be powered by as many as 512 Intel Xeon processors and deliver six teraflops of performance. SGI Altix ICE support extends the longstanding relationship ISC has built with SGI selling Intel Itanium-based products. Adding ICE gives SGI customers more HPC platform options for solving computationally challenging problems.

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