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Platform Rebrands as IBM Spectrum Computing with Focus on HPDA

Today IBM expanded its portfolio of software-defined infrastructure solutions with cognitive features to help clients improve the management of computing resources to achieve faster, results from data-driven applications and analytics. As part of the announcement, the company has rebranded its Platform computing software as IBM Spectrum Computing. “IBM Spectrum Computing software includes IBM Spectrum Conductor, IBM Spectrum LSF and IBM Spectrum Symphony. The expanded software-defined computing portfolio complements the IBM Spectrum Storage software-defined storage family.”

Interview: Getting Started with HPC Using the New IBM LSF Platform Suites

Getting started with HPC can be a challenge for SMEs, but managing a cluster doesn’t have to be a struggle. IBM’s Platform Computing group has been helping users to stand up and run clusters efficiently for years. Now, with the recently announced IBM Platform LSF Suites for Workgroups and HPC, the company has made it easier than ever to get kick the tires on High Performance Computing. “So basically, we would give you all the tools that would allow you to easily migrate from a loose collection of work stations to a small cluster environment. And we would handle the bare metal provisioning and then installing the software that you need really to manage your workload.”

Slidecast: Getting Started with HPC using the New IBM Platform LSF Suites

In this slidecast, Gabor Samu from IBM describes the newly available IBM Platform LSF Suites for Workgroup and HPC. Designed to make it much easier to “kick the tires” on LSF, the new suites can help you configure install, maintain, and job manage HPC clusters with a single download. “The new IBM Platform LSF Suites are packages that include more than IBM Platform LSF, they provide additional functionalities designed to simplify HPC for users, administrators and the IT organization.”

Video: IBM Platform LSF in the Cloud at SC15

“We’re now providing LSF in the Cloud as a service to our customers because their workloads are getting larger over time, they’re converging– HPC is not converging with Analytics and even tough they provision for their average load, they can never provision for the spikes or for new projects. So we’re helping our clients out by providing the services in the Cloud, where they can get LSF or Platform Symphony, or Spectrum Scale.”

Video: Data Centric Computing for File and Object Storage from IBM

“We’ve had a great time here in Austin talking about data centric computing– the ability to use IBM Spectrum Scale and Platform LSF to do Cognitive Computing. Customers, partners, and the world have been talking about how we can really bring together file, object, and even business analytics workloads together in amazing ways. It’s been fun.”