IBM Platform LSF V9.1 delivers significant performance and scalability advancesIBM United States Software Announcement 212-423
November 13, 2012
Realize excellent performance, scalability, and utilization with the IBM® Platform LSF® V9.1 family of products. Features and benefits include the following:
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The IBM Platform LSF product family delivers powerful workload management for demanding, distributed, and mission-critical technical computing environments. It includes a complete set of resource-aware, monitoring, workflow, analysis, and license management capabilities, all designed to work together to address high performance computing (HPC) needs.
This latest version, Platform LSF V9.1, is designed to deliver significantly enhanced performance, scalability, manageability, and usability, as well as new scheduling capabilities. A new addition, Platform LSF - Advanced Edition may provide greater than three times more scalability than prior versions of LSF , enabling you to consolidate your compute resources to achieve maximum flexibility and utilization.
If you are looking to improve service levels and utilization with a dynamic, shared HPC cloud environment, IBM Platform Dynamic Cluster V9.1 is now available as an add-on to Platform LSF . Platform Dynamic Cluster turns static Platform LSF clusters into dynamic, shared cloud infrastructure. By automatically changing the composition of clusters to meet ever-changing workload demands, service levels are improved and organizations can do more work with less infrastructure. With smart policies and numerous features, such as live job migration, Platform Dynamic Cluster enables you to realize improved utilization, better reliability, and increased productivity, while reducing administrator workload.
The new IBM Platform Session Scheduler V9.1 is designed to work with Platform LSF to enable high-throughput, low-latency scheduling for a wide range of workloads. It is particularly well suited to environments that run high volumes of short duration jobs, and where users require faster and more predictable job turnaround times. Unlike traditional batch schedulers that make resource allocation decisions for every job submission, Platform Session Scheduler enables you to specify resource allocation decisions only once for multiple jobs in a user session, providing you with your own virtual private cluster. With this more efficient scheduling model, you can benefit from higher job throughput and faster response times, while cluster administrators realize an overall improvement in cluster utilization.
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The IBM Platform LSF product family
The Platform LSF product family provides powerful workload management for demanding, distributed, and mission-critical technical and HPC environments. It includes a complete set of workload management capabilities, all designed to work together to address your HPC needs.
New in V9.1:
Improved performance, scalability, usability, manageability, and scheduling
Response time for queries is improved, scheduling cycles for start/restart time is decreased, and memory is optimized. Reporting of resource usage is more clear for improved usability. For better manageability, Platform LSF is updated to provide fast detection of stalled jobs, and leverages the kernel cgroup function to improve process tracking, and topology cpu and memory enforcement. Scheduling resource requirements is extended to consider memory in addition to cores, as well as other multicluster enhancements.
IBM Platform Session Scheduler: High-throughput batch scheduling
Platform Session Scheduler is designed to work with Platform LSF to provide high-throughput, low-latency scheduling for a wide range of workloads. Platform Session Scheduler is particularly well suited to environments that run high volumes of short-duration jobs, and where users require faster and more predictable job turnaround times. Unlike traditional batch schedulers that make resource allocation decisions for every job submission, users specify resource allocation decisions only once for multiple jobs in a user session, giving them their own virtual private cluster. With this more efficient scheduling model, users benefit from higher job throughput and faster response times while cluster administrators realize an overall improvement in cluster utilization.
IBM Platform Dynamic Cluster: Workload-aware cloud computing
Platform Dynamic Cluster turns static Platform LSF clusters into dynamic, shared cloud infrastructure. By automatically changing the composition of clusters to meet ever-changing workload demands, service levels are improved and organizations can do more work with less infrastructure. Unlike other less capable solutions, Platform Dynamic Cluster offers the flexibility to automatically provision mixed physical and virtual environments and leverages your existing investments in hypervisors, management tools, and virtual machine templates to create a dynamic private cloud environment. With smart policies and features such as live job migration, sites running Platform Dynamic Cluster realize improved utilization, better reliability, and increased productivity, while reducing administrator workload.
Additional Platform LSF capabilities include the following:
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IBM Platform LSF V9.1 is part of the IBM Platform Computing portfolio of products, which includes:
Platform Symphony typically runs different types of workloads than Platform LSF , and is therefore a complementary product. LSF is optimized for scheduling batch jobs where each job is discrete and the application is typically parallelized using MPI. However, workloads that require very fast scheduling, low latency, high throughput and scalability, and fast, agile resource sharing are likely to be best served by Platform Symphony . As a result, LSF is typically beneficial to HPC clients in manufacturing, oil and gas, life sciences, electronics, government, and media and entertainment, whereas Platform Symphony is more appropriate to clients in financial services.
Platform MPI is often purchased in conjunction with LSF . Platform MPI is a high-performance, production-ready quality implementation of the Message Passing Interface (MPI). It is widely used in the high performance computing (HPC) industry and is considered one of the standards for developing scalable, parallel applications.
Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition V4.1 complements the Platform LSF product family by providing the capability to assemble multiple high-performance technical computing environments on a shared compute infrastructure for use by multiple teams. In addition to support for Platform LSF , IBM Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition includes support for multitenant HPC cloud and multiple workload managers including Grid Engine and TIBCO DataSynapse GridServer (formerly DataSynapse GridServer). It creates an agile environment for running technical computing and analysis workloads to consolidate disparate cluster infrastructure, resulting in increased hardware utilization and the ability to meet or exceed service level agreements while lowering costs. For clients with a single HPC cluster and more static application requirements, Platform Cluster Manager Standard Edition V3.2 helps you quickly provision, run, manage, and monitor an HPC cluster with unprecedented ease.
Platform LSF has the following additions to the product family:
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Refer to Preview Announcement 212-392, dated October 3, 2012 .
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Program Program number VRM name 5725-G82 9.1.0 IBM Platform LSF
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Specified operating environment
Platform LSF V9.1, Platform Session Scheduler V9.1, and Dynamic Cluster V9.1 are supported on IBM System x® iDataPlex® and other non-IBM rack-based servers. Platform LSF V9.1 and Platform Session Scheduler V9.1 are also fully certified to run on clusters comprising Pure Systems or Power Systems servers running AIX® or Linux .
The hardware requirements for Platform LSF , Platform Session Scheduler, and Platform Dynamic Cluster are as follows:
Platform Dynamic Cluster requires the following hardware:
Note: The hardware requirements for the product options vary based on the HPC environment. Refer to the product publications for additional details.
Platform LSF and Platform Session Scheduler are supported on any of the following operating environments:
Platform Dynamic Cluster supports the following software environments:
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The following IBM products may be purchased with the IBM Platform LSF product family:
These products complement the Platform LSF family as follows:
IBM Platform LSF V9.1 is fully compatible with Platform LSF 7 and 8. However, the Scheduler must be running V9.1, or later.
Users deploying IBM Platform LSF - Advanced Edition should be aware of the following limitation:
Platform LSF - Advanced Edition has been tested on configurations up to 18,000 nodes and 160,000 cores running high-throughput workloads of 160,000 concurrent short (below 5 minute) jobs with 2,000,000 pending jobs. These are not hard scalability or performance limits.
Users deploying IBM Platform LSF - Standard Edition should be aware of the following limitations:
Users deploying IBM Platform LSF - Express® Edition should be aware of the following limitations:
Users deploying IBM Platform Session Scheduler should be aware that it is supported on Linux only.
Users deploying IBM Platform Dynamic Cluster should be aware of the following limitations:
The performance of Platform LSF depends upon many factors, including the number of nodes in the cluster, the number of concurrently executing jobs, the number of pending jobs, the number of users querying the system, and the frequency of queries. As these increase, the scheduling cycle and user response time will increase.
Dynamic Cluster performance and scalability mirror that of LSF , but they are also dependent upon the network speed between hypervisor hosts for operations such as live migration. They are also highly dependent upon the speed and caching ability of the NFS server to read and write quickly when instantiating new VMs.
For a high-throughput workload, such as the workloads found in the semiconductor design market, clusters of 5,000 nodes with 40,000 cores or concurrently executing jobs are not uncommon. In traditional HPC environments, where the concurrent job volume is significantly lower, LSF has been used on substantially larger clusters (for example, 75,000 to 100,000 cores).
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You must provide at least the minimum hardware and software environments in which the Platform LSF product family will operate. It is recommended to assign a systems administrator who has responsibility for planning, installing, maintaining, and administering the Platform LSF product family.
While the installation and upgrade procedures for Platform LSF V9.1 have been tested carefully, as with any installation or upgrade, it is prudent to ensure that backups exist and you prepare for the installation or upgrade in advance.
IBM Platform LSF V9.1 is functionally the same as prior versions. However, it will now be available in three product editions:
Clients using Platform LSF V8.1, and earlier, will map to the Standard Edition. However, IBM Platform LSF - Standard Edition is a new product; it is more than just LSF . It includes additional capabilities previously provided by Platform MultiCluster, Platform Make, and Platform LSF Client.
The Platform LSF licensing model changed between Platform LSF V7 and V8. Therefore, clients who are currently using LSF V7 update 6, or earlier, will require new licenses. In addition, IBM Platform LSF V8.3 and V9.1 no longer use FLEXlm for licensing. For assistance on configurations or licensing, contact your local Platform Computing Seller.
Platform LSF V9.1, Platform Session Scheduler V9.1, and Platform Dynamic Cluster V9.1 are is distributed on optional DVD media or available for electronic download in multiple eAssemblies. Included are:
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Platform LSF use the security and auditability features of the system in which they are installed.
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