Cloud computing solutions for your HPC & Technical computing environment
The benefits of cloud computing are well-known—efficiency, flexibility, high utilization—but have been difficult to achieve in technical and high-performance computing (HPC) environments. IBM® Platform Computing™ solutions for HPC Cloud are designed to deliver high-performance cloud resources that provide the performance you need along with the advantages of the cloud model.
HPC workloads historically were not suitable for Cloud
The extraordinary performance demands that engineering, scientific, financial and research workloads place upon technical and HPC infrastructure have historically meant that these workloads were not suitable for cloud deployments, especially those that use virtualization technology. However, cloud management software and non-virtualized, bare-metal cloud-based infrastructure is now available, and HPC users can benefit from the flexibility, cost efficiencies and improved resource sharing that cloud provides.
Transform static computing resources into flexible high-performance private, hybrid and public clouds that can be shared, remotely managed and easily provisioned to support the demands of compute & data-intensive workloads
Faster answers, fewer new costs
Cloud technologies, when carefully and flexibly applied, maximize the advantages and minimize the disadvantages for HPC. Platform Computing cloud solutions for HPC are designed to transform static computing resources into flexible high-performance private, hybrid and public clouds that can be shared, remotely managed and easily provisioned to support the demands of compute- and data-intensive workloads and changing user requirements. This means your organization can deploy an efficient, consolidated infrastructure that meets time-variant business and research demands—and also offers the performance that your users demand.
Based on proven cluster, grid and HPC cloud technology, the Platform Computing solutions for private cloud have intuitive and versatile user interfaces, automated workload-based virtual and physical machine provisioning, robust “resource-aware” job scheduling and migration, and powerful self-service deployment capabilities to help ensure departmental, enterprise or community resources are optimally distributed and easy to manage. The tools are designed so you can align resources with project priorities and realize improved operational and cost efficiencies while achieving business goals unattainable with other management systems.
For hybrid and public cloud deployments, IBM Platform Computing Cloud Service running on SoftLayer® infrastructure delivers a versatile, application-ready solution. The service includes market-leading IBM Platform™ LSF® or IBM Platform Symphony workload management software and codename Elastic Storage data management software delivered as a service. The entire cluster is fully supported by IBM’s technical computing experts and can be deployed in your data center of choice.
Organizations that are looking to burst their workload from local infrastructure out to SoftLayer as part of a hybrid cloud deployment can add capacity on demand with Platform Symphony and Platform LSF clusters provisioned on the SoftLayer cloud and connected to an on-premises cluster. For companies experiencing new or emerging resource demands, a stand-alone cluster running on the SoftLayer cloud provides compute and storage resources as needed, accessible on a temporary basis with drastically reduced wait times.
Enhance your HPC & technical infrastructures with cloud technologies
By applying cloud technologies and standards to established technical computing and HPC infrastructures, your organization benefits from: