Platform Computing offers HPC facility for HP servers

High-performance computing specialist Platform Computing has combined its software with HP's to provide a high-performance solution for the company's Linux server hardware

High-performance computing (HPC) specialist Platform Computing has launched a version of its software to work on HP's servers in a Linux environment.

Platform HPC for Insight Control Environment for Linux software, or Platform HPC for ICE-LX, combines software from the two companies to provide cluster management and an HPC stack for HP's BladeSystem and ProLiant servers.

The new Platform/HP software "builds on established HP software", such as HP Systems Insight Manager (SIM), which is used for its systems monitoring and provisioning capabilities, the company said in a statement. HP's SIM will manage infrastructure across HP platforms and will provide physical and virtual environments with control and optimisation capabilities.

Version 1.0 of Platform HPC for ICE-LX includes the open-source version of Platform's Load Sharing Facility (LSF) which is used to allocate, or share, computing power among multiple processes. Also included is software for system and workload monitoring.

The ICE software can be used for Linux administration of multiple systems and also for controlling geographically dispersed systems via remote control, HP said. Systems can also use parallelisation so that both very large and small nodes can be controlled at the same time.

HP's Service Guard for Linux is also included for failover and recovery, the company said.

Platform HPC for ICE-LX is intended for use in large systems with many nodes: the price per node is $180 (£120).

Dell and Red Hat also offer open-source HPC software. According to Red Hat, "the overwhelming majority of today's HPC clusters are now based on open-source software". One reason for that, the company said, is because open-source HPC software can work "out of the box".

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