IBM announces new technology for high-performance-computing clouds.
IBM has announced new
high-performance-computing cloud offerings to help users tackle advanced
scientific and technical computing workloads like analytics, simulations for
product development, climate research and life sciences.
From its experience in the
HPC arena, IBM said many organizations operate with separate pools of
high-performance-computing systems. However, IBM's new HPC cloud offerings will
enable users to link computing resources across their organizations into a
single, high-performance private cloud while providing system administrators
the flexibility to set priorities based on business or technical needs, the
And for cloud computing to
be cost-efficient for scientific use, clouds must be optimized for scientific
applications, according to a paper written by the Lawrence
Berkeley Lab as part of its Magellan
Project. According to Big Blue, IBM is currently the only major vendor to
offer a private cloud solution tuned for HPC users.
By knitting disparate
systems together into one centralized resource, clients can gain easier access
to more computing that can be used to support their most important business
priorities, IBM said. For example, instead of segmenting computing resources by
department, life sciences organizations can now pool systems from across the
organization and devote them as needed to their most pressing, intensive
projects like drug discovery or analysis of massive amounts of genomic data
without the need to seek outside resources, the company said.
The new HPC cloud offerings
from IBM complement the IBM SmartCloud-an enterprise-class secure cloud
platform specifically created to meet the demands of businesses-by extending
IBM's experience and success with cloud-computing projects to technical users.
Moreover, the HPC cloud
offerings from IBM can enable clients to more easily manage and prioritize HPC
assets on a global basis while maintaining operations and data securely behind
their company's firewall. For instance, this capability will allow
organizations in industries like oil and gas or manufacturing that capture
large volumes of unstructured data to pool and scale internal computing
resources to respond to fluctuating amounts of data that need to be processed
and analyzed, IBM said.
The HPC cloud offerings from
IBM include the following:
The IBM HPC Management Suite for Cloud is a new resource manager with tools to
enable administrators to manage the cloud, schedule jobs and handle tasks like
metering energy usage while allowing users to view and access the full set of
HPC resources available to them in the cloud.
The HPC cloud implementation service from IBM is a new quick-start service to
help install, configure and optimize a private or private-hosted cloud; the
service includes system-administrator training to help ensure ongoing success.
The IBM Intelligent Cluster solutions are integrated, optimized HPC cluster
solutions with servers, storage and switches-all factory-integrated, tested and
delivered ready to plug into the data center.
"IBM is currently the
only major vendor to offer a private cloud solution for high-performance
computing, which can enable clients to more easily and systematically exploit
their HPC assets for important research and development," Brian Connors,
vice president of high-performance computing at IBM, said in a statement.
"Today's announcement is an evolution of IBM's cloud strategy and delivery
capabilities with workload and industry optimized cloud solutions targeted at
delivering client-ready clouds to help reduce costs, optimize resources and
IBM also will offer
industry-specific versions of the HPC cloud offerings, starting with the IBM
Engineering Solutions for Cloud, which is optimized for electronics companies
and automotive and aerospace manufacturers.
In addition, IBM officials
said high-performance computing has the potential to spur innovative solutions
to the challenges facing the global auto industry and the American
manufacturing sector, according to a case
study from the Council on Competitiveness. The Council found that HPC and
computer-aided engineering is helping Ford Motor Company lead innovation in the
industry, optimizing product development, creating high quality products and
And the IBM Engineering
Solutions for Cloud can enable electronics companies and automotive and
aerospace manufacturers to ramp up HPC function as needed to support 2D and 3D
product design cycles, helping improve their speed and dexterity in delivering
new offerings and services to market, IBM said. The Solutions include
technology that has been commercialized after early deployment by the IBM
Systems Development organization for use by over 3,000 globally distributed
engineers to develop the Power7 processor family. IBM cut developer costs in
half and reduced the design cycle by six months, company officials said.
The IBM Engineering
Solutions for Cloud also include the IBM Rational Software and Systems
Engineering Solution, IBM Collaboration Hub and 2D/3D accelerators to create a
secure, well-managed cloud optimized for engineering environments along with
applications from ISV partners including ANSYS, Cadence Design Systems, Exa and
Magma Design Automation.
IBM said the new HPC cloud
offerings and IBM Engineering Solutions for Cloud will be available in the
third quarter of 2011.
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