What’s New-HPC

Two New Moab HPC Suite Editions Innovate User Interaction and Efficiency with HPC Systems, Available November 2012

Two new Moab HPC Suite Editions deliver breakthroughs in productivity, collaboration, and system efficiency as they innovate how users interact with HPC systems through their trusted technical applications. The Moab HPC Suite-Application Portal Edition and the Remote Visualization Edition leverage next-generation access models to streamline how engineers, scientists and designers move from data and ideas to competitive products and new discoveries faster than ever before. Both editions will be available to customers in November 2012 to help them remove the barriers to harnessing HPC for more of their users and partners and remove the inefficiencies in current 2D and 3D visualization computing methods.

Moab HPC Suite – Application Portal Edition Provides Ease of Use for HPC

Moab HPC Suite – Application Portal Edition extends the power of HPC resources to designers, researchers and engineers not familiar with or trained on using the specialized HPC technologies. It simplifies user access to and interaction with applications running on more efficient HPC clusters. Moab HPC Suite – Application Portal Edition provides easy single-point access to common technical applications, data, resources, and job submissions to accelerate project completion and collaboration for end users while reducing computing costs. It improves HPC ease of use and productivity for end users as they work across the design and research process utilizing both batch and interactive simulation applications.  Moab HPC Suite – Application Portal Edition enables more of your internal staff and partners to collaborate from anywhere using the applications and resources they need without any specialized HPC training while your intellectual property stays secure.  You can confidently centralize and leverage more specialized resources with intelligent policies that optimize their sharing, utilization and higher throughput while balancing different service levels and priorities.  The optimization Moab provides significantly reduces the costs of keeping up with compute demand such as compute resources, application licenses, or data storage. Learn more ▶


Moab HPC Suite – Remote Visualization Edition Removes Inefficiencies of Current Visualization Computing Methods

There are numerous inefficiencies in how current visualization computing methods support users and organizations in achieving valuable discoveries from high-cost, low-utilization workstations that don’t keep pace with workload needs to slow data transfers, bandwidth costs and security risks. Moab HPC Suite – Remote Visualization Edition significantly reduces the costs of visualization technical computing while improving the productivity, collaboration and security of the design and research process. It enables you to create easy, centralized access to shared visualization resources in a technical compute cloud to reduce the hardware, network and management costs of visualization technical computing instead of expensive and underutilized individual workstations. The solution centralizes applications, data and compute together with users only transferring pixels instead of data to do their simulations and analysis. This enables a wider range of users to collaborate and be more productive at any time, on the same data, from anywhere without any data transfer time lags or security issues. Moab’s optimized workload management policies maximize standard and specialty resource utilization as well as scalability for large volumes of visualization workloads.  These intelligent policies also guarantee shared resource access to users so they have a high service level as they transition from individual workstations.  With Moab HPC Suite – Remote Visualization Edition you can turn your user’s data and ideas into new products and competitive advantage cheaper and faster than ever before.  Learn more ▶

New Moab HPC Suite 7.2 Available November 2012

The new Moab HPC Suite 7.2 release will help organizations accelerate productivity to meet their growing workload demands with optimized scheduling for Intel MIC co-processors, such as the new Xeon® Phi™, and dual-domain job scheduling for Cray systems. Additional productivity enhancements include automated periodic usage budget resets and streamlined RPM-based deployment that keep the focus on optimizing workload results.


Optimized scheduling and allocation for Intel® MIC coprocessors

As customers look to leverage the performance advantages of the new Intel Xeon® Phi™, they will need optimized scheduling and allocation for these Intel MIC co-processors to help speed application results while improving processor utilization and management.  The new Intel MIC support in 7.2 includes auto-detection of the location and availability of Intel MIC processors, without requiring manual admin configuration, as well as the ability to intelligently schedule specific jobs or job tasks to those processors.  Moab HPC Suite 7.2 will also enable policy-based scheduling of the accelerators based their key metrics to determine the optimal accelerator to use and which to avoid when scheduling a specific job. This reduces management effort and costs as MIC processors are introduced into an HPC system while ensuring their utilization is maximized to achieve accelerated job processing. The extended accelerator workload management support gives customers maximum choice in selecting the accelerators that work best for their workloads, whether Intel MIC, GPGPU or a hybrid environment of the two.


New dual-domain job scheduling for Cray Supercomputers

New dual-domain job scheduling in 7.2 speeds job submission and results for Cray customers by enabling users to schedule a single job to run simultaneously across both a Cray cluster and non-Cray compute nodes. Users no longer have to submit two separate jobs, wasting valuable time in du plicate submission and waiting to submit the dependent job to non-Cray domain resources. This is especially valuable for research and development jobs that may require different types of simulation analysis that are optimally run on the different types of compute nodes, such as multi-physics applications, but where the simulation results still need to interact with each other. This unique Moab HPC Suite capability was developed in innovation collaboration with Cray customers and they are already putting it use to deliver project results, discoveries and new product designs faster and easier.


New auto periodic usage allocation and budget resets across multiple users and groups

Moab HPC Suite 7.2 – Enterprise Edition offers a new periodic allocation reset capability for usage accounting that makes it easier for admins to manage recurring usage allocations and budgets that must be reset at regular intervals (month, quarter, etc.) with or without rollovers between periods.  This is required for accuracy in usage reporting because in many cases HPC system capacity and budget can’t be rolled over or extended; it is finite for any given period and needs to be tracked and allocated precisely by period to meet expectations and committments.  Automatically resetting the allocations and depositing new allocation budget amounts instantly at the start of each period gives users, organizations, and admins better transparency into what their system usage and available usage budget is for each period to support better planning and usage decisions in line with their usage limits. Admins can easily schedule these periodic allocation resets across multiple groups, organizations, and accounts using the accounting events scheduler, without wasting their valuable time doing manual updates and adjustments. This keeps admins focused on keeping the system optimized and at peak performance, not on being accountants. And the groups using the system always have immediate visibility and never have to wait for accurate reports to know if they are staying within their allotted usage budgets.


Streamlined RPM-based installation

The 7.2 release introduces streamlined, RPM-based installation of the end-to-end Moab HPC Suite.  This makes deployment faster with fewer steps and less time required from admins to successfully get Moab up, running and optimizing the environment.  The RPM install packages automate the proven, standardized install processes for all Moab HPC Suite components, including software dependencies.