IBM Platform HPC
IBM Platform HPC provides a complete set of technical and high performance computing (HPC) management capabilities in a single product. The rich set of out-of-the-box features empowers IT managers and users by reducing the complexity of deploying, managing and using their computing environment and improving their time to results while reducing costs.
A dynamic, multi-disciplined R&D computing platform using a hybrid private cloud-cluster infrastructure model
Crunch big numbers, manage complex models, and tackle intricate computing problems.
More science, less computer science
Technical computing users without IT support for their applications often need to also be experts in computer science to administer workloads on their clusters. As a result, those domain experts are spending time and effort managing infrastructure rather than focusing on producing results. They either struggle with building, managing, and supporting a cluster infrastructure themselves, or compromise performance by running their applications on a workstation—adversely impacting speed to solution and their competitiveness.
Complete HPC Management
IBM® Platform™ HPC allows technical computing users in industries such as manufacturing, oil and gas, life sciences, and higher education to deploy, manage and use their HPC cluster through an easy to use web-based interface. This minimizes the time required for setting up and managing the cluster for end users and allows them to focus on running their applications rather than managing infrastructure. IBM Platform HPC provides full management capabilities—from cluster provisioning, monitoring, and management to workload scheduling and reporting. All of the functions required to operate and use a cluster are installed at once and are tightly integrated. The product is designed to deliver faster time to system readiness, ease-of-use and improved application throughput.
IBM Platform HPC is Intel® Cluster Ready and provides the ability to easily deploy Intel Cluster Ready certified clusters. Technical computing users can leverage the user interface to launch Intel Cluster Checker, which helps ensure that the cluster components continue working together throughout the cluster lifecycle to increase uptime, productivity, and reduce total cost of ownership (TCO).
Simplified cluster deployment, use and management
Platform HPC provides robust cluster and workload management capabilities. It simplifies the application integration process so that end users can focus on running their applications instead of managing the cluster. With Platform HPC, users can take advantage of:
Certified and unified capabilities
Some HPC cluster solutions just combine multiple tools and interfaces—they’re not integrated,certified, or tested together. Platform HPC provides a unified set of management capabilities that help you harness the power and scalability of your HPC cluster, resulting in optimal resource utilization and application throughput.
IBM Platform HPC includes:
With these capabilities, IBM Platform HPC cluster users can:
Swift Engineering wanted a solution where they spent more time solving complex problems than administering the system. Cray’s CX 1000 combined with Platform HPC allowed Swift to solve bigger problems with more enhanced graphics with real time speed.
VTTI is a leading American transportation research center conducting naturalistic driving studies that save lives and improves roadways. With IBM Platform HPC, queries that use to take weeks now only take minutes.
University of East Anglia wished to create a “green” HPC resource, increase compute power and support research across multiple operating systems. Platform HPC increased compute power from 9 to 21.5 teraflops, cut power consumption rates and costs and provided flexible, responsive support.
From within the Platform HPC software, the Hartree Centre can use vSMP software from ScaleMP to dynamically pool processing resources and memory from selected nodes into a single virtual resource pool.