Organisations commonly encounter increased heterogeneity of their underlying scheduler environment as hardware vendors bid differing solutions, peer departments set up different schedulers, and organisations pick up new systems through acquiring other entities. This additional heterogeneity causes organisations to lose user, administrator, and management productivity as they have to learn and manage multiple tools. Adaptive Computing's new open platform of products solves this problem by enabling its best-of-breed offerings to be purchased individually and to be applied across 3rd party scheduler platforms, thus unifying and simplifying the experience for its personnel.
A key enabler of Adaptive Computing's open platform is a new pass-through mode capability built within the 9.1 release of Moab Workload Manager, which allows Moab to act as a monitor and information service without scheduling underlying workload. For example, Viewpoint, Remote Visualization, Reporting & Analytics, and other tools that are integrated on top of Moab, will work in conjunction with Slurm. A Slurm-based cluster can continue to submit and manage with Slurm submission commands, and be scheduled by Slurm, but users get the much easier submission experience provided by Viewpoint.
Open Platform Products: The following offerings have added partial or full cross-scheduler support:
"Adaptive Computing is delivering openness of choice to our customers through license modularity and cross-scheduler support. License modularity allows our customers to get just what they want when they want it. Cross-scheduler support drives up long-term productivity by helping our customers maintain a unified experience for end users, administrators and managers", stated Marty Smuin, CEO of Adaptive Computing. "So even if the technologies differ underneath each cluster, Adaptive Computing's end users can keep submitting through the Viewpoint portal, their serial jobs can be submitted 100x faster with Nitro, and managers can continue to use a unified accounting platform, as well as central reporting and analytics."
The open platform approach commenced with the modularization of Adaptive Computing's products earlier in 2016 and continued with the addition of cross-platform releases of Nitro and Moab Accounting Manager. The new pass-through mode in Moab Workload Manager which allows Viewpoint, Remote Visualization, and Reporting & Analytics to run on other scheduler environments will be provided at no additional cost, available December 2016. Organisations can now use best-of-breed tools on their choice of scheduler to sustain higher productivity.