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The leader in Clusters, Grids, and HPC Clouds

 

IBM Platform Computing

The leader in Clusters, Grids, and HPC Clouds

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IBM Platform Computing software maximizes efficiency and provides a 20-30 percent improvement in work flow efficiency

 

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IBM Platform Computing maximizes efficiency and provides a 20-30 percent improvement in work flow efficiency

IBM Platform Computing

5 Easy Steps to a High Performance Cluster

Desktop Engineering shares new survey results and explains how high performance clusters can slash your product development cycle

Parallel Computing and Application Grid management solution: IBM Platform Symphony

IBM Platform Symphony software delivers powerful enterprise-class management for running distributed applications and big data analytics on a scalable, shared grid. It accelerates dozens of parallel applications, for faster results and better utilization of all available resources.



The Challenge

All grid computing is not the same

For many enterprises, grid computing is the ideal solution to handle jobs like analyzing big data. And for grid-enabled applications, maximizing performance and scale is the key. But some grid products impose architectural limitations, requiring a particular operating systems or specific developer tools. With restrictive economic pressures, companies want better ways to improve IT performance, reduce infrastructure costs and expenses, and meet the demand for faster answers.


The Solution

Faster answers, fewer new costs

IBM® Platform™ Symphony software helps you control the massive compute power available in your current and future technical computing systems to address your most challenging and complex problems. You can achieve breakthrough results in business and research activities. You can address challenges in parallel application development and deployment, and technical computing infrastructure management. Platform Symphony software can deliver faster, better quality results–even while using less infrastructure.

And, with the flexibility to adapt when priorities change, Platform Symphony can reallocate over 1,000 compute engines per second to different workloads depending on policies and priorities you define. This translates into better application performance, better utilization and an ability to respond quickly to business-critical demands.

The Advanced Edition of Platform Symphony includes an Apache Hadoop-compatible MapReduce implementation optimized for low latency, reliability and resource sharing that has been demonstrated in an audited benchmark to deliver on average four times the performance of open source Hadoop.

For clients running diverse application workloads, Platform Symphony supports sophisticated multi-tenancy enabling different workloads to dynamically share resources according to policy. Whether you are running service-oriented jobs, batch jobs, MapReduce jobs or even multiple instances or versions of each, Platform Symphony allocates resources so that service levels are met while preserving security isolation between tenants either in a local data center or in the cloud.


The Benefits

Fast service-oriented computing infrastructure


The Specifics

Flexibility and scalability are built in

Platform Symphony is most often used with programmatic (API driven) workloads. Whereas a batch scheduler can schedule jobs in seconds or minutes, Platform Symphony can schedule tasks in milliseconds. Because of this difference, Platform Symphony can be described as supporting online or near real-time requirements. Well documented APIs enable fast integrations for applications written in these languages: C, C++, C#, .NET, Visual Basic, Java, Excel COM, R and various popular scripting languages.

Platform Symphony clients and services can be implemented on different operating environments, languages and frameworks. Clusters can also be comprised of nodes running multiple operating systems. Platform Symphony can manage many different types of hosts in the same cluster and control what application services run on each host.

Product Editions

 

Developer

Develop

Express

Deploy

Standard

Scale

Advanced

Converge
Low Latency HPC SOA
Agile Service & Task Scheduling
Dynamic Resource Orchestration -
Standard & Custom Reporting - -
Desktop, Server & VM Harvesting - -
Data Affinity - - -
MultiCluster Management - - -
Hadoop MapReduce - -
Hosts / Cores 2 hosts 240 cores 5k hosts, 40k cores 5k hosts, 40k cores
Application Managers - 5 300 300
Desktop Harvesting - -
Server & VM Harvesting - -
GPU Harvesting - -
Co-Processor Harvesting - -
GPFS - -
Resources    
Cloud Service - -

Addon Products


  • - IBM GPFS

    To get the best performance out of your IBM Platform Symphony and Big Data applications, or to transparently share file system data between clusters or data centers, IBM’s General Parallel File System (GPFS) removes storage bottlenecks ensuring that resources are fully utilized and that applications run as quickly and reliably as possible.

  • - IBM Platform Computing Cloud Service

    The IBM® Platform Computing™ Cloud Service running on IBM SoftLayer® infrastructure delivers a versatile, application-ready cluster in the cloud for organizations that need to quickly and economically add computing capacity to their Platform Symphony cluster.

  • - IBM Platform Symphony Developer Edition

    IBM Platform Symphony Developer Edition, available for download at no charge, enables you to rapidly develop and test applications without the need for a production grid. Once applications are running in this edition, they can run at scale on a Platform Symphony grid.

  • - IBM Platform Desktop Harvesting Software

    IBM Platform Desktop Harvesting software for IBM Platform Symphony can harness idle cycles from desktops and add them to the grid. By automatically adapting resources to meet demands for compute and data intensive distributed applications, run times are reduced and service levels are improved, without additional capital spending.

  • - IBM Platform GPU Harvesting Software

    IBM Platform GPU Harvesting software for IBM Platform Symphony helps unleash the power of general-purpose GPUs by harvesting idle cycles. Automatically adapting resources to meet demands can reduce run times, improve service levels and help eliminate additional capital spending.

  • - IBM Platform Symphony Server/VM Harvesting

    IBM Platform Symphony Server/VM Harvesting software can harness idle cycles from a variety of server and VM environments. By automatically adapting resources to meet demands, run times are reduced and service levels are improved, without additional capital spending.

    You need to preserve investments you've made in your server and virtualization environments.

  • - IBM Platform Analytics

    IBM Platform Analytics is an advanced analysis and visualization tool for analyzing massive amounts of IBM Platform LSF and IBM Platform Symphony workload data. It enables you to correlate job, resource and license data from multiple clusters for data-driven decision-making.

  • - IBM Platform Co-processor Harvesting

    IBM Platform Co-processor Harvesting software for IBM Platform Symphony helps unleash the power of Intel® Phi® co-processors, enabling organizations to leverage these high-performance co-processors in distributed Platform Symphony applications and share co-processor resources more efficiently among applications, users and departments.


Complementary Products


  • - IBM InfoSphere BigInsights

    IBM InfoSphere BigInsights brings the power of Hadoop to the enterprise with a wide array of value added capabilities not available in competitive big data offerings. Platform Symphony helps accelerate heterogeneous workloads while bringing true multi-tenancy to IBM BigInsights environments.

  • - IBM Algorithmics

    IBM Algorithmics are a leading provider of enterprise market and credit risk management solutions for the Financial Services market place. Core analytic functions in IBM can be accelerated by IBM Platform Symphony to deliver better quality decisions faster and more cost effectively.

  • - IBM General Parallel File Systems (GPFS)

    The IBM General Parallel File System™ (GPFS™), a high-performance enterprise file management platform, can help you move beyond simply adding storage to optimizing data management.

  • - IBM Intelligent Cluster

    Intelligent Cluster leverages decades of IBM experience to reduce the complexity of deployment with pre-integrated, delivered, and fully-supported solutions that match best-in-industry components with optimized solution design.

  • - IBM Platform Process Manager

    Platform Process Manager simplifies the design and automation of complex processes, capturing and protecting repeatable best practices. Platform Process Manager can be used to automate workflows of IBM Platform Symphony and Platform LSF jobs on a shared grid infrastructure.


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