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IBM Improves Cloud Performance

IBM Cloud LogoHigh-performance computing resources have long been a hallmark of IBM offerings. However, being able to put those resources to use in a cloud environment hasn’t always been easy. A new offering from IBM sets aim at this problem, and enables your organization to pool their high-performance resources together into a single private cloud model.

The new HPC Management Suite for Cloud takes aim at the traditional siloed HPC environments. Today, organizations that have high-performance resources will typically have separate groupings of server farms, often used by a single individual or even a group of server engineers. This means that some of those high-performance resources just go unused, or underutilized.

Real benefits

Pooling an organization’s high-performance systems gives some specific benefits to the organization, beyond just the obvious improved efficiency. For example, now individual groups of engineers can have access to more computing power, allowing them to finish some projects in a lesser time frame. You essentially throw hardware at a particular job without having to lay out extra capital to increase the available hardware.

A tested system

IBM isn’t releasing the HPC Management Suite for Cloud into the wild without due diligence. The system has been used internally for some time now. In fact, over 3,000 IBM engineers in the Systems Development unit shared high powered computing resources using the software while the Power7 family of processors was being developed.

According to IBM, the HPC Mangement Suite for Cloud actually reduced computing costs by half and cut the design cycle by as much as six months.

A closer look

So, what is this product, exactly? HPC Management Suite for Cloud will run on x86 machines and on IBM Power Platform machines running Linux. It doesn’t rely on virtualization, largely because engineers believe virtualization to slow the work being done by high performance computing solutions. The workload software levels the loads, and it doesn’t require a reboot as workload requirements shift.

In addition, IBM is offering services to their customers who want to get started with the HPC Management Suite for Cloud. There will also be industry-specific variants of the software, beginning with one that’s designed to be used by electronics companies, as well as automotive or aerospace manufacturers.

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