Adaptive Computing Rolls Out Moab 8.1

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Today Adaptive Computing announced the general availability of Moab HPC Suite ­Enterprise Edition 8.1 (Moab 8.1). The systems management software includes a revamped Web-based user interface with bolstered reporting and tracking capabilities that give greater insight into the job states, workloads and nodes of a HPC system; massive performance gains and improvements in scale; and system improvements to achieve elastic computing to expand to other resources as workloads demand.

We received an overwhelmingly positive response to the new features during SC14, so we¹re very excited to make the new features generally available. In a competitive computing landscape where enterprises need to accelerate insights, Moab matters,” said Rob Clyde, CEO of Adaptive Computing. “Automating workload workflows is imperative to shorten the timeline to discovery, and this latest version of Moab represents a huge step forward in helping enterprises achieve that. We are excited to reveal our latest innovations and continue driving competitive advantage for our customers.”

Key updates to Moab 8.1:

  • Elastic Computing. Moab 8.1 introduces elastic computing capabilities for HPC administrators. Admins can now manage resource expansion by bursting to other data center resources utilizing OpenStack or other standard platforms. It helps admins better manage the provisioning and performance challenges of bursty workloads.
  • Performance Gains in Speed and Scalability. Progress from Adaptive Computing¹s Ascent team has dramatically increased TORQUE and Moab throughput and scalability across the board.
    • Tighter Cooperation between Moab and TORQUE. Harmonizes these key structures to reduce overhead and improve communication between the HPC scheduler and the resource manager(s).
    • More Parallelization.­ Increases the decoupling of Moab and TORQUE¹s network communication so that Moab is less dependent on TORQUE¹S responsiveness. This delivers 2x speed improvements and shortens the duration of the average scheduling iteration in half.
    • Accounting Improvements.­ Allows toggling between multiple modes of accounting with varying levels of enforcement to provide greater flexibility beyond strict allocation options. In addition, new up-to-date accounting balances provide real-time insights into usage tracking.
  • Admin Portal Enhancements. Moab Viewpoint guarantees services to the business by allowing admins to simplify administrative reporting, workload status tracking, and job resource viewing. Moab Viewpoint Portal ensures SLAs are met by allowing HPC administrators to maximize uptime and prove services were delivered and resources were allocated fairly.
    • Administrative Reporting. Admins can now gauge overall system performance more easily with a dashboard that provides summaries of workload and nodes, as well as dedicated system resources.
    • Workload Status Tracking. Admins can obtain a more holistic view of system workloads through improved search and filtering capabilities, as well as dedicated pages for individual jobs that make it easy to troubleshoot and respond to user issues.
    • Node Usage Tracking.­ Admins can monitor workload and resource utilization easier than ever before through a resource job timeline. In addition, greater visibility into nodes through improved search and filtering capabilities and individual node pages help admins maximize system performance.

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