Platform Computing, the leader in cluster, grid and cloud management software, today announced the availability of the latest version of Platform HPC, a complete high performance computing (HPC) management product. Platform HPC makes it easy for technical application users to harness the power and scalability of HPC clusters. Based on the industryâs leading workload scheduler, Platform LSF, it features robust, user-friendly cluster provisioning, workload management, reporting and monitoring, MPI libraries and more, all of which are accessible via a web user interface. The web user interface also simplifies the application integration process so that customers can focus on their work, instead of managing their cluster.
This is more than just a stack of software; Platform HPC is a fully integrated, certified and supported product designed to ensure ease of use and simplified management. With the release of Platform HPC, Platform is also further investing in its channel strategy, with a focus on the technical application market and the independent software vendors (ISVs) that serve it.
â¢ âThe market for HPC application software and middleware exceeded $2.3 billion in 2009, and we expect it to approach $3 billion in 2013,â said Earl Joseph, IDC programme vice president for HPC. âHPC management software will become even more crucial for efficiently exploiting increasingly large, heterogeneous systems and newer environments such as grid and cloud computing. Platform Computing is well positioned to benefit from this trend.â
â¢ "GreenPlanet HPCC leverages Platform Computingâs software to assist interdisciplinary scientific collaborators across process intensive computing projects, such as climate modelling simulations done by our Earth Systems Science researchers, to predict worldwide weather patterns,â said Ronald D. Hubbard, executive director, GreenPlanet HPCC at the University of California, Irvine School of Physical Sciences. âWe place tremendous added value in having a robust and complete cluster solution that ensures our scientists can administer the system independently while accelerating their calculation times so that their research can be performed in a more productive, efficient, cost-effective manner.â
â¢ âDell has worked closely with Platform Computing for many years in order to deliver complete, integrated cluster solutions that are optimised and customised to our customersâ unique requirements and environments,â Donnie Bell, senior manager, high performance computing solutions, Dell Inc. âPlatform HPC software coupled with Dell PowerEdge solutions provide a robust management infrastructure designed to enable faster results for a wide range of workloads conducted across the scientific and research communities.â
â¢ âPlatform HPC removes the complexity and cost of implementing HPC clusters, which enables our customers to leverage the sophisticated simulation data and process management capabilities of SimManager to perform larger and more complex simulations and bring products to market faster,â said John Janevic, vice president of strategic operations, MSC Software.
â¢ âIn our 18 years leading the HPC industry, weâve seen a growing number of HPC applications being deployed by technical users across a more diverse set of industries,â said Tripp Purvis, vice president, business development, Platform Computing. âWith Platform HPC weâre removing the complexity and cost of implementing HPC cluster solutions. Platform is leading the market by bringing the easiest, most complete and cost-effective HPC management software available to technical application users, allowing them to focus on their work, not managing their clusters.â
â¢ Organisations across a wide range of industries are investing more heavily in HPC resources and application development to improve business productivity, speed up research projects and reduce infrastructure costs. Whether they are working on computer generated designs for automotive parts, scientific algorithms on global warming estimates or computer graphics rendering for film production, many engineers, scientists and designers are working with technical applications but struggling with poor application and workstation performance. Target vertical industries for Platform HPC include manufacturing, oil and gas, energy, life sciences, media/digital content creation, higher education and research and government.
â¢ With Platform HPC, both experienced and novice HPC users are able to quickly and easily deploy, run and manage their HPC clusters while meeting the most demanding requirements for application performance and predictable workload management. They benefit from a mature, robust set of proven cluster management capabilities that are accessible through a unified portal interface and include a simplified application integration process. Platform HPC is the industryâs most complete cluster software solution, allowing users to better concentrate on research or designs rather than managing complex computing environments. New enhancements to Platform
â¢ Application support, including job submission templates for commonly used commercial applications and scripting guidelines for simplified job submission.
â¢ GPU job scheduling and expanded GPU monitoring capabilities including ECC error detection.
â¢ An enhanced design of the easy-to-use, web-based user interface that makes it easy to submit, monitor and manage jobs.
â¢ Expanded operating system support.
â¢ Platform HPC is the only complete HPC management product with a single installer. It provides simplified cluster configuration and application integration and is pre-certified by leading hardware and software vendors. With the debut of this product, Platformâs channel strategy positions the product for rapid expansion via Platformâs extensive network of channel distributors and ISV partners.