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PBS Works will Power New Supercomputer at BASF

Over at the Altair Blog, Jochen Krebs writes that the new HPC cluster at BASF will run PBS Works workload management software. “What does it take to go from months to mere days in gaining results when conducting research? Supercomputing now plays a vital role in the advancement of systems efficiency across industries. On March 17th, BASF and HPE announced in a press release that BASF has chosen HPE to build a new supercomputer for chemical research projects. HPE’s Apollo System supercomputer will help BASF to reduce computer simulation and modeling times from months to days and will drive the digitalization of BASF’s worldwide research activities.”

PSSC Labs Updates CBeST Cluster Management Software

Today PSSC Labs announced it has refreshed its CBeST (Complete Beowulf Software Toolkit) cluster management package. CBeST is already a proven platform deployed on over 2200 PowerWulf Clusters to date and with this refresh PSSC Labs is adding a host of new features and upgrades to ensure users have everything needed to manage, monitor, maintain and upgrade their HPC cluster. “PSSC Labs is unique in that we manufacture all of our own hardware and develop our own cluster management toolkits in house. While other companies simply cobble together third party hardware and software, PSSC Labs custom builds every HPC cluster to achieve performance and reliability boosts of up to 15%,” said Alex Lesser, Vice President of PSSC Labs.

Managing Node Configuration with 1000s of Nodes

Ira Weiny from Intel presented this talk at the OpenFabrics Workshop. “Individual node configuration when managing 1000s or 10s of thousands of nodes in a cluster can be a daunting challenge. Two key daemons are now part of the rdma-core package which aid the management of individual nodes in a large fabric: IBACM and rdma-ndd.”

Adaptive Computing Releases Moab HPC Suite 9.1.1

Today Adaptive Computing announces the latest release of Moab HPC Suite and related add-ons. The new release extends ease-of-use submission and workload management to new platforms by delivering a release of Viewpoint that can now work directly with either Torque or Slurm. Because of this “Open Platform” extension, other related products now automatically work with either resource manager, including remote visualization, submissions of high throughput workloads (Nitro enables tens of thousands to millions of tasks), and use of Adaptive Computing’s new Reporting & Analytics solution.

New Univa Grid Engine Release Doubles Performance over Previous Versions

“Grid Engine 8.5’s significant performance improvement for submitting jobs and reduced scheduling times will have a profound impact to our customers’ bottom line as they can now get more work done in the same amount of time. By reducing the wait time for end-users, our customers can save significant costs. Managing the purchase of more servers and getting higher throughput means deadlines can be met with confidence and on budget. Our goal was to increase the value Univa provides over previous versions of Grid Engine, including the popular open source version 6.2U5,” said Bill Bryce, Vice President of Products at Univa.

Huawei and Altair to Build Industrial Simulation Cloud Solutions

“The Huawei-Altair cooperation will be dedicated to building highly efficient, high-performance industrial simulation cloud solutions leveraging Altair’s PBS Works software suite,” said Yu Dong, President of Industry Marketing & Solution Dept of Enterprise BG, Huawei, “Committed to a vision of openness, cooperation, and win-win, Huawei cooperates with global partners to provide customers with innovative solutions for industrial manufacturing and help them achieve business success.”

PBS Works User Group comes to Las Vegas May 22-25

Altair will host the PBS Works User Group May 22-25 in Las Vegas. This four-day event (including 2 days of user presentations, round table discussions and surrounded by hands-on workshops) is the global user event of the year for PBS Professional and other PBS Works products. “This year we are excited to announce that we will be hosting a tour of the Switch data center facility on Tuesday afternoon.”

Interview: XTREME DESIGN Automates HPC Cloud Configurations

Tokyo-based Startup XTREME DESIGN recently announced it has raised $700K of funding in its pre-series A round. Launched in early 2015, the Startup’s XTREME DNA software automates the process of configuring, deploying, and monitoring virtual supercomputers on public clouds. To learn more, we caught up with the company’s founder, Naoki Shibata.

Fox Chase Cancer Center Adopts Bright Cluster Manager

Today Bright Computing announced that the Fox Chase Cancer Center is using Bright Cluster Manager for its new high-performance computing cluster. The 30-node cluster supports bioinformatics initiatives for Fox Chase’s world class cancer research programs.

Mentor Graphics Adds Univa Grid Engine to Veloce Emulation Platform

“It is extremely important that customers using the Veloce emulation platform maximize the usability of their datacenter-based emulation resources,” said Eric Selosse, vice president and general manager of the Mentor Emulation Division. “We’ve worked with Univa on a tight integration between Univa Grid Engine and the Veloce Enterprise Server App to streamline the workload management task.”