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Max Planck Institute Adopts ScaleMP Cluster Virtualization Software

Today HPC software virtualization provider ScaleMP announced that the department of NMR-based Structural Biology at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry has chosen vSMP Foundation. vSMP Foundation delivers an effective alternative to proprietary, costly symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) systems, aggregating the power of multiple commodity x86 servers into one larger virtual SMP.

We selected vSMP Foundation from ScaleMP as the sole available solution turning cluster hardware into an SMP; as a single machine, it allows us to distribute the jobs without using any batch/queuing system, and we only need to manage one logical entity rather than a collection of nodes,” said Dr. Dirk Bockelmann of the department NMR-based Structural Biology at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry. “We are looking forward to putting vSMP Foundation to work for our Scientists.”

vSMP Foundation aggregates multiple, industry-standard, off-the-shelf x86 servers into a single virtual high-end system. vSMP Foundation provides customers with an alternative to traditional, expensive, symmetrical multiprocessing (SMP) systems, and it also offers simplified clustering infrastructure with a single operating system. It supports aggregation of as many as 128 servers into a single virtual SMP system and also enables the transparent use of NVM storage as system memory.

“We are excited about this recent addition to our ever-expanding list of leading scientific and research institution clients worldwide.” said Shai Fultheim, founder and CEO of ScaleMP. “We have announced a special academic licensing plan at SC16 and are experiencing strong growth in deployments of vSMP Foundation as it enables the researchers do more with their budget: buy more compute for the same investment, and get more research done while worrying less about HPC system operation and management.”

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