Adaptive Computing's Cloud Management Software Helps Customers Manage HPC
November 16, 2012
Utilization of the enterprise IT infrastructure is critical to the bottom line success for any organization. Adaptive Computing’s (News - Alert) Moab software optimizes High Performance Computing (HPC) and private cloud environments, powering some of the world’s largest computing systems.
In a recent interview, Chad Harrington, VP of Marketing at Adaptive, describes how the company’s renowned Moab software helps customers manage HPC clusters of all sizes.
“Our strengths really lie in policy-based optimization. We’ve been working in the HPC realm for over a decade – one of the original players in scheduling and now workload management,” Harrington said. “We’re really good at managing large systems and making sure they run as efficiently as possible. When you have a large system…you really need to make sure you are getting the most science out of that as possible for the most bang for your buck.”
With Moab, which provides workload management and policy-based optimization, Adaptive makes sure they are running systems so they are fully utilized and that the utilization is running as close to 100 percent as possible.
“If you let things just naturally happen, you never get close to that utilization. We make sure that through policy-based optimization and smarter scheduling that we’re keeping that very expensive system fully utilized,” Harrington said.
The HPC field is seeing virtualization come into the fold, whereas in the past, HPC and virtualization were viewed as opposing forces.
“For several years, people thought HPC and virtualization were like oil and water. They shouldn’t mix. Part of that was because early virtualization technologies had sort of a virtualization tax. The CPUs ran slower, access to I/O was slower and people in HPC wanted high performance. That’s the ‘HP’ in HPC. And they were typically unwilling to pay that virtualization tax,” Harrington explained. “Business computing, they weren’t as concerned about performance, they’re more concerned about flexibility and malleability which virtualization offered. However in recent years, the worlds really have merged, because the virtualization tax is almost gone. The technologies have gotten much better.”
Looking ahead, Harrington said those in the HPC community are always thinking about “bigger, better and faster.”
“Adaptive is always at the forefront of that. We run on many of the biggest systems in the world. And we see that will continue to increase. However, we also understand that not everyone is a top 100 or top 10 supercomputing site,” he said. “So for those customers we’ve spent a lot of effort improving our UI, making it easier to use, making it simpler to get this high utilization of your systems, that everybody wants.”
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Edited by Allison Boccamazzo