IBM Spectrum LSF Suites – Winner of the 2017 HPCwire Editors Choice award for Best HPC Cluster Solution or Technology!

Today high-performance computing (HPC) is about far more than submitting jobs and the amount of computing capacity you have. Modern HPC environments are a blend of servers, accelerators, networking, storage, applications and the clustering software needed to link it all together. And nothing exemplifies this better than the massive Sierra and Summit IBM-powered supercomputers being set up at Lawrence Livermore National Labs and Oak Ridge National Labs respectively as part of the US Department of Energy CORAL program.

We are integrating LSF capabilities with facility awareness to influence scheduling decisions, says Jim Rogers, Director of Computing and Facilities for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s National Center for Computational Sciences. With the ability to exchange information, we expect increased operational effectiveness.

With over 25 years of HPC experience, IBM Spectrum Computing can help to manage all sizes of clusters, from a handful of servers to the world’s largest supercomputers. Spectrum Computing helps to deliver improved performance, reliability and scalability across a broad set of workloads; from traditional HPC such as simulations, to new-generation workloads like Spark-based analytics, containers, deep learning frameworks and many others. Featuring powerful cluster virtualization, Spectrum Computing provides the ability to dynamically allocate resources to the most business-critical workloads, optimizing your resources and accelerating time to results.

Two decades of experience has taught us here at IBM that HPC environments are used across many industries by a broad set of users with differing skill sets. Say goodbye to users calling themselves IT experts, and enter the era of mainstream HPC – where results are key — not how we get to them.

IBM Spectrum LSF Suites v10.2

Today, we are announcing IBM Spectrum LSF Suites v10.2. Spectrum LSF Suites provide a tightly-integrated solution that delivers sophisticated systems management and workload prioritization – while helping to enhance user productivity by hiding the complexity of HPC.

Spectrum LSF Suites is about more than just workload scheduling, it’s about improving user outcomes with simple interfaces to manage and monitor jobs, allowing your scientists and engineers to focus on their jobs and not on the intricacies of HPC. Spectrum LSF is also about maximizing the return on investment (ROI) from your HPC environment with advanced scheduling to drive utilization of your resources, including expensive software licenses, and simplified administration.

IBM Spectrum Computing software has played a key part in our success in Formula 1 over the last decade. Red Bull Racing employs computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to optimize vehicle aerodynamics. IBM Spectrum LSF provides easy-to-use interfaces for managing complex workflows. This allows our aerodynamicists to focus on CFD for car design rather than executing detailed manual steps. This level of simplification and automation reduces the training time from days to hours and enables new users to run full CFD workflows in record time.

Matt Cadieux, CIO, Red Bull Racing

We live in a diverse world, and Spectrum LSF Suites allows you to easily build and scale out your computing clusters using IBM Power Systems, x86 and Arm-based servers, to maximize your current investments and allow you to scale for the future.

IBM Spectrum LSF manages end users’ compute jobs on Arm-based systems in our main engineering cluster today. Having first-class support for LSF on Arm-based platforms will enable the rapid deployment of service packs and version upgrades, a significant step for HPC compute.

Tim Thornton, director of engineering, Technology Services Group, Arm

If you’re in Denver this week at Supercomputing 2017 drop by the IBM booth (#1525) to learn more about IBM Spectrum Computing solutions. We’re even holding a Spectrum LSF User Group on Tuesday where you can hear about the latest developments as well as from clients. You can register for that and other IBM seminars and user groups here.

Not at Supercomputing 2017 and want to learn more? Visit the IBM Spectrum Computing software trials page. Happy computing!

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