SEPTEMBER 2010

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Free Training Webinar

Using Moab’s SLA-Centric Policies to Create a More Intelligent Compute Environment

Tue., Sept. 21, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT

Is your compute environment limiting what jobs can be run, and when? Or are your incoming and calendared jobs determining how your environment is provisioned and allocated to handle the workload? . . .

  • Are some Linux jobs delayed because they need a different “flavor” of Linux and must wait until current Linux nodes are idle and can be reprovisioned, often while siloed Windows nodes sit idle?
  • Are some Windows jobs delayed, even though a sufficient number of idle nodes are available but provisioned with other OSes?
  • Do a lot of idle nodes stay fully powered for long periods of time because it’s too much hassle to power them down and back up again to save a little electricity?
  • Have you resorted to siloing your environment in an effort to “protect” resources to satisfy job requests?

The solution to all these costly and inefficient scenarios is to put Moab’s intelligent policy engine to work.

  • With Moab, you no longer need to create silos to protect resources for upcoming jobs. Instead, allow Moab to dynamically modify the environment based on job requests.
  • Need a Windows node, but they’re all busy? Moab will find an idle node and swap its operating system to Windows.
  • Moab ensures that your compute environment is not restricting the types of jobs that can be run. Instead, upcoming jobs will determine how your environment is configured from moment to moment.

Join us for a free online demonstration of how Moab helps you intelligently put hardware resources to full use by employing on-demand multi-OS swapping, energy-aware computing, and other SLA-centric policies.

Register now by going to—http://support.adaptivecomputing.com/training

Upcoming Events

Visit Our Exhibits or Hear Us Speak

2010 High Performance Computing Financial Markets
Sept. 20, Roosevelt Hotel, Grand Central Station, NYC

IBM Systems Technical University
Oct. 25-29, Lyon Convention Centre, Lyon, France

Cloud Expo
Nov. 1-4, Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA

Gartner Symposium IT XPO
Nov. 8-11, Palais Des Festivals, Cannes, France

Supercomputing 2010
Nov. 13-19, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA

Machine Evaluation Workshop
Nov. 30-Dec. 1, Runcorn, England

HP Software Universe
Nov. 30-Dec. 2, Barcelona International Convention Center, Barcelona, Spain

Gartner Data Center Conference
Dec. 6-9, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada

 

Moab Version Updates

Moab 5.3.7

Moab 5.3.7 is a maintenance release of Moab Workload Manager 5.3 and includes a number of feature enhancements, bug fixes, and other improvements. This release is expected to be the final maintenance release of the 5.3 series.

Some highlights for this release include dynamic fairshare tree reloading, improvements in resource manager interaction, improved client commands, and reduced memory usage for IAAS and VPC models.

New Features

The following are some of the new features added in the Moab 5.3.7 release:

  • Fairshare Tree Reloading. Moab 5.3 now has the ability for the fairshare tree to be dynamically reloaded.
  • Resource Manager Interaction Improvements. This release includes updates to improve the interfaces used by Moab to work with third-party resource managers. Improvements include changes for TORQUE, SLURM, Condor, and LSF emulation. Improvements have also been made for XT-4 and BlueGene support.
  • Client Commands. Improvements have been made to showstats -v, checkjob -v -v, mjobctl -j, mdiag t, mdiag -n, moab -e, and msub -N to improve reporting and behavior. Please see the CHANGES file and the online documentation for additional details.
  • Memory Usage. This version of Moab has improved memory utilization for sites using the IAAS models, especially those utilizing VPCs. This is a marked improvement that should allow sites to scale up 10x the number of VPC instances on the same hardware.

Moab 5.4.1 and 5.4.2

Two new versions of Moab 5.4 were released last month. Moab 5.4.1 was released August 2; Moab 5.4.2 was released August 31.

Moab 5.4.1 and Moab 5.4.2 are maintenance releases of Moab Workload Manager 5.4 and include a number of improvements and fixes. Highlights in these releases include the new Native Allocation Manager Interface (NAMI), updates to generic resources, enhancements to information available to triggers, and resource-manager improvements in root workload interaction.

What’s New

The following are some of the new features and changes in these releases. Please see the CHANGES file and online documentation for additional details.

  • Native Allocation Manager Interface (NAMI). Moab 5.4.1 introduces a new, improved interface for working with allocation managers, such as Gold. Like a native compute-resource manager, this new interface is based on event-driven URLs, by which Moab will call out to the allocation manager to provide information of events that occur.
  • Trigger Enhancements. Triggers can now use the $OBJECTXML variable in their action line. This variable will be replaced with the XML representation of the object to which the trigger is attached. This is especially beneficial to EXEC triggers that will be able to pass a large amount of information to trigger scripts using this model.
  • Effective Queue Duration Reporting. The effective queue duration is the default duration used by Moab when calculating priority. This value can now be reported in the event files.

Moab Viewpoint 1.2

Moab Viewpoint 1.2 provides many new features and enhancements to improve the usability, flexibility, and security of the product.

New Features and Improvements

  • New installer to ease the process of setting up Viewpoint.
  • New Viewpoint user-management page to configure users and roles directly in Viewpoint.
  • New streaming job output page for viewing job output while a job is running.
  • Improved customizability and scalability of the node and VPC management pages.
  • New statistics charting and report generation with several preconfigured reports.
  • Improved security through encrypted user authentication and enforced user passwords.
  • Job forms that can be saved and loaded.
  • Support for VM or bare-metal hybrid VPC systems.

Moab Viewpoint administrator and user documentation is available in the Moab Viewpoint™ Administrator and User Guide, where you can find installation instructions. Visitsupport.adaptivecomputing.com/resources/docs/viewpoint.

 

Moab in the News

Adaptive Computing has enjoyed a good number of press mentions and full articles in a variety of industry publications during the last months.

SOA World Magazine

“Adaptive Computing President & COO to Present at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley: Michael Jackson to Discuss Building SaaS and PaaS Infrastructures in the Cloud,” by Liz McMillan, August 11, 2010.
http://soa.sys-con.com/node/1434815

HPC in the Cloud

“An Intelligent Public Cloud for HPC—Adaptive Computing Shares News of Cluster Compute Involvement,” by Nicole Hemsoth, July 27, 2010.
http://www.hpcinthecloud.com/features/The-Intelligent-Cloud-What-Adaptive-Brought-to-Amazons-HPC-Offering-99334309.html

HPC in the Cloud

“Amazon Introduces Cluster Compute Instances for HPC on EC2,” from Amazon.com, July 13, 2010.
http://www.hpcinthecloud.com/offthewire/Amazon-Introduces-Cluster-Compute-Instances-for-HPC-on-EC2-98321019.html?viewAll=y

 

Contact Us

Please send your comments and questions about products, product feedback, tech support, consulting, or custom development to info@adaptivecomputing.com or call us at +1 801-717-3700.

 

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