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Video: Storage Aware Job Scheduling

“In any HPC environment, storage is an integral and often unaccounted performance component of the infrastructure alongside compute. The health and performance of the overall infrastructure can be highly dependent on storage. Storage related performance issues can lead to adverse effects on overall job throughput, often resulting in business impact. In a reactive manner, the issue is often addressed by throttling the job flow. A more elegant and proactive approach would be to establish a feedback loop between storage and compute with the assistance of a job scheduler. This talk will explore the need for such a feedback loop, its benefits, and potential implementation scenarios for embarrassingly parallel HPC workloads.”

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.”

Altair Moves Forward with Open Source PBS Pro and PBS Cloud at SC16

In this video from SC16, Bill Nitzberg provides an update on the Open Source release of PBS Professional workload management software. After that, Jeremie Bourdoncle announces the new Altair PBS Cloud. “Altair is excited to announce the upcoming availability of Altair PBS Cloud, its latest appliance solution to further cloud computing for organizations. Altair PBS Cloud is the solution to build and run high-performance computing (HPC) appliances for both public clouds, private clouds, and bare-metal infrastructure. Altair will release Altair PBS Cloud in the first quarter of 2017 following conclusion of a private preview.”

Video: Job Launching – Keeping Pace with Expanding Complexities

Bill Nitzberg from Altair presented this talk at the Intel HPC Developer Conference at SC15. “Everyone benefits from faster, more resilient infrastructure – the small, the medium, and the really big. This talk will cover how job management software like PBS connect applications with system resources and present optimal paths for application execution.”

Altair to Open Source PBS Professional HPC Technology in 2016

Altair has announced that it will provide an open source licensing option of PBS Professional® (PBS Pro). PBS Pro will become available under two different licensing options for commercial installations and as an Open Source Initiative compliant version. Altair will work closely with Intel and the Linux Foundation’s OpenHPC Collaborative Project to integrate the open source version of PBS Pro.

Video: PBS Pro Workload Manager Goes Open Source

In this video from SC15, Sam Mahalingam from Altair discusses the HyperWorks Unlimited Virtual Appliance and the new open source version of PBS Pro. “Our goal is for the open source community to actively participate in shaping the future of PBS Professional driving both innovation and agility. The community’s contributions combined with Altair’s continued research and development, and collaboration with Intel and our HPC technology partners will accelerate the advancement of PBS Pro to aggressively pursue exascale computing initiatives in broad classes and domains.”

Altair Collaborates with Intel to Integrate PBS Pro with OpenHPC Software Stack

This week at SC15, Altair announced today it will provide an open source licensing option for its PBS Professional HPC workload manager. Scheduled to be released to the open source community in mid-2016, PBS Pro will become available under two different licensing options for commercial installations and as an Open Source Initiative compliant version. The decision includes working closely with Intel and the Linux Foundation’s OpenHPC Collaborative Project to integrate the open source version of PBS Pro.

Case Study: PBS Pro on a Large Scale Scientific GPU Cluster

Professor Taisuke Boku from the University of Tsukuba presented this talk at the PBS User Group. “We have been operating a large scale GPU cluster HA-PACS with 332 computation nodes equipped with 1,328 GPUs managed by PBS Professional scheduler. The users are spread out across a wide variety of computational science fields with widely distributed resource sizes from single node to full-scale parallel processing. There are also several categories of user groups with paid and free scientific projects. It is a challenging operation of such a large system keeping high system utilization rate as well as keeping fairness over these user groups. We have successfully been keeping over 85%-90% of job utilization under multiple constraints.”

Altair Moves forward with PBS Pro 13 at ISC 2015

In this video from ISC 2015, Bill Nitzberg from Altair describes why PBS Professional 13.0 is the biggest release yet for the company. “The industry needs to accomplish a lot in the coming years to deliver a working, useful exascale machine. PBS Pro is only one piece of the puzzle… but it’s an important piece. Job scheduling and workload management are core capabilities – a “must have” for every HPC system – ensuring HPC goals are met by enforcing site-specific use policies, enabling users to focus on science and engineering rather than IT, and optimizing utilization (of hardware, licenses, and power) to minimize waste.”

Altair Renews OEM Agreement with SGI

Today Altair announced that SGI has renewed its original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement naming PBS Professional as SGI’s workload manager and job scheduler with global support provided by Altair.