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Primeur weekly 2011-05-09

EuroFlash

Bright Cluster Manager chosen for TOP500-class HPC Cluster in France ...

Bull to issue key figures for the first quarter of 2011 ...

CA Technologies enables Logicalis UK to deliver flexible, efficient, and cost-effective Cloud computing services ...

Tiscali chooses Cisco Solutions to strengthen its backbone network and renew its data centre ...

Italtel and Cordys partners in Cloud computing ...

Oracle Next Generation Data Centre Index reveals businesses in Iberia, Italy and the Middle East are falling behind in sophistication of data centre usage ...

PRACE Research Infrastructure calls for One Year Project Grants on three Tier-0 Computers and pilots a synchronized Pilot Call for Tier-1 Grants ...

Single atom stores quantum information ...

USFlash

Cisco delivers Containerized Data Center ...

Study: Rare deep-sea starfish stuck in juvenile body plan ...

Explorys recognized by analyst firm as a Cool Vendor 2011 ...

HP launches early access programme for upcoming Enterprise Virtual Array ...

ISRO builds India's fastest supercomputer ...

Oracle unveils Oracle Health Sciences Cloud ...

Oracle SPARC servers demonstrate outstanding performance with new benchmark results ...

Platform Computing introduces comprehensive monitoring and analysis tools for Platform LSF environments ...

Several baffling puzzles in protein molecular structure solved with new method ...

New software to support interest in extreme science ...

Tokyo Institute of Technology to add CULA library to TSUBAME 2.0 ...

Tracker Software Products announces launch of new on-line PDF Viewer Cloud Applications ...

Windstream opens new data centre in Charlotte ...

Red Hat delivers the Platform-as-a-Service Cloud for open source developers ...

The SciNet Consortium at the University of Toronto selects NextIO vCORE Express 2070 GPU computing solutions ...

Intel reinvents transistors using new 3D structure ...

Red Hat Cloud helps customers build Infrastructure-as-a-Service Clouds with HP CloudSystem matrix and services ...

Platform Computing introduces comprehensive monitoring and analysis tools for Platform LSF environments

3 May 2011 Toronto - Platform has launched versions of two tools designed to help HPC administrators. Platform RTM 8 is a comprehensive operational dashboard that provides administrators with the information and tools needed to maximize cluster efficiency, enable better user productivity and contain or reduce costs. Geared toward IT managers, planners and administrators, Platform Analytics 8 is an advanced analysis and visualization tool that provides the insight needed to quickly identify and troubleshoot bottlenecks and analyze usage trends within the HPC data centre so that administrators can improve capacity planning and optimize HPC resource utilization, leading to reduced costs. Both products are designed to complement the Platform LSF product family.

Platform RTM provides the most comprehensive workload monitoring and reporting available for Platform LSF environments. It offers easy and effective monitoring of all workload scheduling and license usage facets through a single interface, allowing administrators to quickly resolve issues without service interruptions. A flexible, automated alert system also flags issues quickly to keep cluster resources up and running as needed. With its broad set of capabilities, Platform RTM can replace multiple tools in typical Platform LSF environments with a single easy-to-use, monitoring tool. This results in improved productivity for administrators and users alike, as well as reduced cost and complexity.

A tool for analyzing, correlating and visualizing large amounts of Platform LSF workload data, Platform Analytics enables data-driven decision making based on job, resource and license data collected from one or more Platform LSF clusters. The tool includes an innovative interface that is built on top of a powerful analytics engine, providing fast and easy results. Users can choose from a variety of pre-configured dashboards or choose to build their own for obtaining quick answers about the status of their HPC infrastructure and applications for optimal resource planning and utilization.

"The ability to monitor cluster availability and performance is imperative when we're running millions of design simulations to test our latest software releases", stated Steve MacQuiddy, IT Director Engineering Infrastructure, Cadence Design Systems. "Having the single Platform RTM dashboard allows us to simultaneously observe the entire cluster environment and it has not only made it easier for us to better balance our workloads, but it's also helped us optimize throughput for our critical jobs during peak usage."

"Keeping our HPC data centre on-line is critical for us when we’re running frequent tests of designs for our race cars. Even slight design tweaks need to be tested scrupulously before we can put the design into production for the race track", stated Matt Cadieux, IT Director, Red Bull Racing. "Platform Analytics allows us to both track our cluster usage, as well as identify any potential problems that might interfere with running design tests. It also allows the design team to plan peak usage around heavy test times so that the design process runs smoothly every time."

"Platform RTM 8 is built on the powerful and extensible open-source Cacti graphing framework and offers some powerful new features like Grid alarms, which allow us to quickly build alerts without resorting to Cacti graphs", stated Kevin Rota, CIO, Simulia, Dassault Systèmes. "RTM has allowed Simulia to easily access and visualize extensive amounts of data providing much better insight into how our LSF resources are being used and by whom. These new features will provide improvements in quality of service."

"Cluster administrators need to be able to monitor and analyze their cluster performance in order to troubleshoot potential issues and analyze usage patterns for better efficiency and use across their Platform LSF infrastructures", stated Louise Westoby, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Platform Computing. "With IT staff strapped for time these days, building homegrown monitoring, reporting and alerting systems is not a viable option. Platform RTM and Platform Analytics offers the full visibility users need to get the most out of their Platform LSF clusters, queues and jobs so administrators and users can maintain productivity and contain costs."

Unlike tools that only monitor infrastructure at a basic level, Platform RTM includes workload and resource-aware monitoring across all workload facets, including global clusters, hosts, licenses queues, users and log files. New features include:

  • Single-view, intuitive dashboard: provides quick identification of problems via visible status indicators
  • Multi-cluster support: improves efficiency by providing way to manage tasks remotely for increased time savings
  • Resource consumption monitoring: analyzes scheduling policies based on reported resource utilization
  • Resource monitoring by user, group or team: ensures resource use is aligned to business priorities and aids in capacity planning through multi-level allocation monitoring
  • Automated alerts and exception handling: improves cluster availability with timely notifications and reduces administrator workload through multiple metric triggers

Platform Analytics uses an innovative visualization tool to translate raw business data into usable information quickly and easily. Key features include:

  • Powerful, graphical interface: provides a comprehensive, easily modifiable view to quickly answer workload usage questions
  • Dashboard view: choose from pre-configured or customized views that incorporate existing data sources without the need for programming
  • Multi-level analysis: allows analysis at the job, resource and service levels for increased efficiency and productivity and for identifying usage trends and chargeback needs
  • Open architecture: easily integrates HPC data centre and job-related data with external data sources
  • High performance: dynamically scales to accommodate thousands of users and millions of jobs including access to long-range historical data for more thorough and complete analyses
Platform RTM 8 is available now and Platform Analytics 8 is available May 17.
Source: Platform

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Primeur weekly 2011-05-09

EuroFlash

Bright Cluster Manager chosen for TOP500-class HPC Cluster in France ...

Bull to issue key figures for the first quarter of 2011 ...

CA Technologies enables Logicalis UK to deliver flexible, efficient, and cost-effective Cloud computing services ...

Tiscali chooses Cisco Solutions to strengthen its backbone network and renew its data centre ...

Italtel and Cordys partners in Cloud computing ...

Oracle Next Generation Data Centre Index reveals businesses in Iberia, Italy and the Middle East are falling behind in sophistication of data centre usage ...

PRACE Research Infrastructure calls for One Year Project Grants on three Tier-0 Computers and pilots a synchronized Pilot Call for Tier-1 Grants ...

Single atom stores quantum information ...

USFlash

Cisco delivers Containerized Data Center ...

Study: Rare deep-sea starfish stuck in juvenile body plan ...

Explorys recognized by analyst firm as a Cool Vendor 2011 ...

HP launches early access programme for upcoming Enterprise Virtual Array ...

ISRO builds India's fastest supercomputer ...

Oracle unveils Oracle Health Sciences Cloud ...

Oracle SPARC servers demonstrate outstanding performance with new benchmark results ...

Platform Computing introduces comprehensive monitoring and analysis tools for Platform LSF environments ...

Several baffling puzzles in protein molecular structure solved with new method ...

New software to support interest in extreme science ...

Tokyo Institute of Technology to add CULA library to TSUBAME 2.0 ...

Tracker Software Products announces launch of new on-line PDF Viewer Cloud Applications ...

Windstream opens new data centre in Charlotte ...

Red Hat delivers the Platform-as-a-Service Cloud for open source developers ...

The SciNet Consortium at the University of Toronto selects NextIO vCORE Express 2070 GPU computing solutions ...

Intel reinvents transistors using new 3D structure ...

Red Hat Cloud helps customers build Infrastructure-as-a-Service Clouds with HP CloudSystem matrix and services ...