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Adaptive Computing's Moab Solution Serves Up a Host of New Features to HPC Users

Adaptive Computing's Moab Solution Serves Up a Host of New Features to HPC Users

December 04, 2012
By Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Contributor

Adaptive Computing (News - Alert) has rolled out an update to its Moab HPC workload management suite, having introduced two new products as part of the high performance computing (HPC) conference in Salt Lake City last month – SC12. The update includes support for Intel (News - Alert) Xeon Phi coprocessors, and the company’s Application Portal Edition and Remote Visualization Edition bring unparalleled functionality to the suite.

The Moab HPC Suite provides enterprise-ready HPC workload management that accelerates productivity, automates workload uptime and helps meet SLAs and business priorities. Adaptive Computing currently manages some of the world’s largest computing installations with Moab. In a recent interview, Adaptive’s CEO, Robert Clyde, explained, “Our specialty is automated workload management,” Clyde says. “We help schedule jobs and drive utilization rates way up so that you can get the most out of the hardware that you have.”

While the upgrade from Moab 7.0 to 7.2 brings a number of new features to the table, most notable is its support for Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors. Moab HPC Suite automatically detects installed Phi chips and determines how many cores are available, according to HPC Wire. Not only this, but it also collects metrics in real-time to enhance scheduling and optimization. Simply put, Moab interacts with the coprocessor and manages it more efficiently.

A second added capability is its dual-domain scheduling for Cray systems, which lets a single job straddle both Cray and non-Cray nodes. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Titan supercomputer is reportedly already using this heterogeneous scheduling option.

An advantageous upgrade to Moab’s accounting and usage module also comes with the upgrade, as the company has included the ability to automate periodic budget resets as well as implement roll-over minutes.

The Application Portal Edition, one of the two new products released at the show by Moab, helps technical and engineering applications integrate with the job scheduler part of the Moab HPC Suite.

What used to be a complex, manual process has now been made significantly easier to allow virtually anyone with any background learn and grow with the solution itself.

Even more, the solution works in collaboration with NICE Software and offers application-centric job submission templates for common applications in a variety of domains, including manufacturing, energy, life-sciences, education and others. NICE provides the front-end technology while Moab the backend scheduling and sharing.

The other product introduced is the Remote Visualization Edition.

Typically, a user who is performing a simulation and modeling needs to use an expensive workstation with a dedicated graphics processor, where data would then be ferried to the workstation for processing. With the Remote Visualization Edition, however, Moab lets compute-intensive work happen in the datacenter or server room, where only pixels are pushed to the client machine.

"In terms of bandwidth, pushing pixels is less bandwidth-intensive than your average YouTube (News - Alert) video," noted Adaptive vice president of marketing Chad Harrington. "If you try to move the data itself, it's not feasible, but a picture of the data works fine over a company's internal network and the consumer Internet.”

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Edited by Allison Boccamazzo

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