SOFTWARE

Platform Application Centre

14 December 2009

Platform Computing

Platform Computing has introduced the Platform Application Centre, a new product that enables HPC end users to submit and manage various HPC applications easily via a web-based portal interface. In addition, Platform is announcing two upgrades to its HPC products: Platform LSF 7 Update 6 and Platform HPC Workgroup Manager 1.1.

Platform Application Centre is available as an optional capability for both Platform LSF 7 and Platform HPC Workgroup Manager, making the configuration and use of HPC applications in a heterogeneous HPC cluster simple for both end users and administrators. It allows administrators to customise and publish HPC software as a service easily for end users through an easy-to-use, self-service portal. Application interfaces for popular HPC applications are included out-of-the-box, along with a highly customisable web-based GUI template for administrators to create additional application interfaces for new HPC applications. It also provides the ability to manage jobs and application data, as an alternative to using command line syntax.

Platform LSF 7 Update 6 also adds more job scheduling functionality for large-scale and complex HPC environments, designed to make users more productive and cluster administration more intuitive. A new scheduling feature allows users to define a multi-phased resource reservation, allowing resource scheduling changes across a job's entire lifecycle rather than basing resource reservations on peak-demand requirements. This shortens job wait times, boosting overall productivity. Also included is a new job description syntax, improved exception reporting and other enhancements designed to provide greater control over jobs forwarded to remote clusters.

Platform HPC Workgroup Manager 1.1 is an advanced cluster management solution that combines all the cluster management tools necessary to easily deploy, run and manage HPC environments into one product set. These new capabilities fulfill current demand for improved application performance, workload management, provisioning and node management. The upgrade also includes the ability to switch operating systems on a compute node dynamically based on workload demand.

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