HPC Management Software aids scheduling, monitoring performance.

Press Release Summary:

Based on Platform LSF workload scheduler, Platform HPC helps technical application users harness power and scalability of high performance computing (HPC) clusters. Integrated capabilities - cluster provisioning, workload management, reporting and monitoring, MPI libraries - are accessible via Web-based UI that also facilitates application integration process. Along with singular installer, features include diverse application support, GPU job scheduling, and GPU monitoring capabilities.

Original Press Release:

Platform Computing Launches Industry's First Complete HPC Management Product

Platform HPC Makes it Easier to Manage and Use HPC clusters, Enabling Customers to Focus on Science Instead of Computer Science

TORONTO -- 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 industry's 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.

Supporting Quotes:

-- "The market for HPC application software and middleware exceeded $2.3 billion in 2009, and we expect it to approach $3 billion in 2013," said Earl Joseph, IDC Program Vice President for HPC. "HPC 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."
-- "GreenPlanet HPCC leverages Platform Computing's software to assist interdisciplinary scientific collaborators across process intensive computing projects, such as climate modeling simulations done by our Earth Systems Science researchers, to predict worldwide weather patterns," said Ronald D. Hubbard, Executive Director, GreenPlanet HPCC at the University of California, Irvine School of Physical Sciences. "We 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."
-- "Dell has worked closely with Platform Computing for many years in order to deliver complete, integrated cluster solutions that are optimized and customized to our customers' unique requirements and environments," Donnie Bell, Senior Manager, High Performance Computing Solutions, Dell Inc. "Platform 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."
-- "Platform 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," said John Janevic, Vice President of Strategic Operations, MSC Software.
-- "In our 18 years leading the HPC industry, we've seen a growing number of HPC applications being deployed by technical users across a more diverse set of industries," said Tripp Purvis, Vice President, Business Development, Platform Computing. "With Platform HPC we're 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."

Key Points:

-- Organizations 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.
-- 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 industry's most complete cluster software solution, allowing users to better concentrate on research or designs rather than managing complex computing environments.

New enhancements to Platform HPC include:
-- Application support, including job submission templates for commonly used commercial applications and scripting guidelines for simplified job submission.
-- GPU job scheduling and expanded GPU monitoring capabilities including ECC error detection.
-- An enhanced design of the easy-to-use, web-based user interface that makes it easy to submit, monitor and manage jobs.
-- Expanded operating system support.
-- 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, Platform's channel strategy positions the product for rapid expansion via Platform's extensive network of channel distributors and ISV partners.


-- Platform HPC is available immediately and can be purchased from one of Platform Computing's certified channel partners: www.platform.com/partners/directory.


-- www.platform.com/cluster-computing/platform-hpc

About Platform Computing

Platform Computing is the leader in cluster, grid and cloud management software - serving more than 2,000 of the world's most demanding organizations. For 18 years, our workload and resource management solutions have delivered IT responsiveness and lower costs for enterprise and HPC applications. Platform has strategic relationships with Cray, Dell, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Red Hat, and SAS. Visit www.platform.com.

CONTACT: North America: Carolina Grimm, Bateman Group, +1-415-503-1818 ext. 16, platform@bateman-group.com; Europe: Amy Gooch, Hotwire, +44-(0)-20-7608-8354, platform@hotwirepr.com; Asia Pacific: Lorraine Sutton, Platform Computing, +1-905-948-4247, lorraine@platform.com

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