IBM Teams With Universities On Big Data, Analytics Research
Blue Gene/Q will serve as the foundation of the computing infrastructure. A Blue Gene/Q system consisting of two racks, with more than 2,000 compute nodes, will provide 418 teraflops (TF) of sustained performance for big data analytics, complex modeling and simulation of molecular dynamics, protein folding and organ modeling. Moreover, 75 PowerLinux 7R2 servers with POWER7+ microprocessors will be connected by 10GbE into a system optimized for big data and analytics and high performance computing. This complex includes IBM BigInsights and Platform Symphony software, IBM Platform LSF scheduler and IBM General Parallel File System. The solution also will feature an estimated 900 IBM System x dense hyperscale compute nodes as part of an IBM NeXtScale system. Some of the nodes will be managed by Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition (PCM-AE) as a University-wide HPC cloud while the others will be managed by Platform Cluster Manager Standard Edition (PCM-SE) and serve as a general purpose compute infrastructure for the geosciences and open-source analytics initiatives. Moreover, IBM’s Platform Computing software will be used to manage and accelerate various computational workloads. Platform Symphony will drive big data and analytics, and Platform LSF will drive traditional HPC and technical computing workloads. Platform Computing will also power the creation of an HPC cloud, allowing users within the A&M System access to the system.Furthermore, IBM will work with researchers at the A&M System to assess new computing technologies that will be necessary to advance data-driven science discovery and innovation over the next several years. In other news, IBM and Ben-Gurion University (BGU) of the Negev announced their intention to establish a Center of Excellence for Security and Protection of Infrastructure and Assets, located in Beer-Sheva, Israel. This new joint venture will develop a curriculum that will help train the next generation of professionals, as well as perform leading edge scientific research on emerging areas like big data and cloud computing. "By collaborating with a global leader like IBM, we will be able to expand and continue to develop our research capacity," said University President Professor Rivka Carmi in a statement. “Cloud and big data are changing how we secure data in the public sector. This center will enable IBM security and infrastructure experts to work collaboratively with the university’s leading academic researchers.” This joint venture will be housed at the BGU Alon Building for Hi-Tech, enabling IBM and university researchers to team and build on the developing ecosystem in the region. Working collaboratively with private and public organizations, scientists and academics will collaborate to better understand how to secure and protect critical infrastructure and data. For example, as the Internet of things becomes more pervasive, it is increasingly important to address the security of devices and machines that connect to the Internet, in addition to traditional digital assets. "Today's announcement reinforces IBM's commitment to accelerate innovation that meets the industry's most pressing long term business requirements," said Steve Mills, senior vice present and group executive for IBM Software & Systems, in a statement. "Our ongoing investments and rich history of patent leadership is helping our clients secure and protect their infrastructure and data in today's new era of big data and cloud computing. Our partnership with Ben-Gurion University will help extend innovation not only in Israel but around the world." IBM has been in Israel for more than 60 years and opened its first research facility in Haifa in 1972. IBM has acquired more than a dozen companies in Israel, and more than 1,000 software and hardware developers work in research and development for IBM in Israel. This announcement of the new Center of Excellence for Security and Protection of Infrastructure and Assets in Beer-Sheva will complement IBM's worldwide network of 25 security labs.
And five IBM System x GPFS Storage Servers (GSS) will provide five petabytes (PB) of shared storage for use by the compute building blocks using high-speed networks. GPFS will also include an IBM FlashSystem 820 tier with 10 terabytes (TB) of flash storage, delivering performance to accelerate computation for use primarily by Texas A&M Agrilife Research, Geosciences and university HPC as a part of the research computing infrastructure.