By supporting cross-domain - also known as multi-level security - systems, PBS Professional provides a better solution for flexible, highly configurable shared environments where security and performance are top priorities, such as classified research and development communities and government organisations.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux's cross-domain capabilities, provided by the platform's inclusion of SELinux features, deliver an out-of-the-box configuration that allows users and data at different security levels to share the same hardware. This is particularly useful for the U.S. military and intelligence communities, where information systems supporting multiple data sets - such as those classified as Secret, Top Secret, or Confidential - historically have had to remain physically separate due to security concerns.
By providing a cross-domain supercomputing platform, the Altair solution with Red Hat Enterprise Linux enables organisations to dramatically reduce HPC procurement costs. Rather than maintaining numerous individual HPC systems, users can now consolidate to just a few supercomputers, resulting in millions of dollars in upfront savings, reduced data centre footprints and power consumption, and a simplified IT architecture.
"Red Hat Enterprise Linux features tight integration with SELinux, which enables the platform's native configurations to offer Role-Based Access Control (RBAC), data labeling, and continuous monitoring of security controls", stated Paul Smith, vice president and general manager, Public Sector, Red Hat. "Through PBS Professional, Altair abstracts these technical complexities to provide a consumable interface for cross-domain supercomputing, supporting multi-level security and unifying underlying security controls with workload management."
One of the most popular workload management products in existence, Altair's PBS Professional has been used for more than 20 years at thousands of customer sites to easily share distributed computing resources across geographic boundaries. PBS Professional is the flagship product for PBS Works, a comprehensive suite for optimizing HPC environments that offers additional tools for Web-based submission, analytics and data management.
Altair is working with a user to produce a case study documenting specific gains enabled by the cross-domain solution, expected to be finalized in Q1 2014.