IBM Platform LSF V9.1 family of products delivers excellent performance, scalability, and utilizationIBM United States Software Announcement 213-018
February 5, 2013
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Realize excellent performance, scalability, and utilization with the IBM® Platform LSF® family of products.
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IBM Platform LSF V9.1.1 includes notable scheduling, usability, manageability, and scalability enhancements. This includes an enhanced integration with IBM Parallel Environment Runtime Edition for Linux , which provides additional performance for larger high performance computing (HPC) workloads. Enhancements to the LSF Family add-on products provide additional value including improved resource management and reporting as well as new HPC cloud capabilities such as extended support for 3D visualization and an enhanced web services interface.
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Key prerequisites to run the IBM Platform LSF product family include:
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Introduction to the IBM Platform LSF product family
The IBM Platform LSF product family provides powerful workload management for demanding, distributed, and mission-critical technical computing environments. It includes a complete set of workload management capabilities, all designed to work together to address high performance computing needs. V9.1.1 includes notable scheduling, usability, manageability, and scalability enhancements.
Relative to other workload management offerings, the IBM Platform LSF product family provides the following unique advantages:
IBM Platform LSF V9.1.1: Workload Management
Platform LSF manages and accelerates workload processing for compute-intensive or data-intensive applications across distributed compute environments. With support for heterogeneous compute environments, IBM Platform LSF can fully utilize all the infrastructure resources needed for policy-driven, prioritized service levels for always-on access to resources.
This latest release builds on these capabilities with new scheduling features that ensure efficient processor core and non-uniform memory access (NUMA) memory allocation. Due to the NUMA nature of today's multicore hosts, internal processor memory bandwidth can be saturated well before all the cores are allocated. Prior versions of Platform LSF include support for complex core and memory placement on large systems. This latest release extends this functionality to dual socket nodes with an enhanced Platform LSF core scheduler that supports CPU and memory affinity scheduling for all jobs (single hosts and multiple hosts). The scheduler includes cross platform support and a new Platform LSF job resource requirement option to allow users to express per slot and task binding options.
IBM Platform LSF V9.1.1 is available in three editions in order to ensure that users have the right set of capabilities to meet their needs:
Platform LSF V9.1.1 also includes enhanced integration with IBM Parallel Environment Runtime Edition for Linux on x86 Architecture, V1.3, which provides additional performance for larger high performance computing (HPC) workloads. Pre-existing integration is significantly simplified and streamlined so that it involves fewer components and moving parts. Platform LSF also supports key IBM Parallel Environment Runtime Edition functionality including enabling multiple jobs to share the same nodes, support for CPU affinity, and network scheduling options (for example, sn_single or sn_all, dedicated).
IBM Platform Process Manager V9.1: Workflow design and scheduling
By reducing or removing the need for operator intervention to trigger computational workflows, IBM Platform Process Manager compresses end-to-end cycle time. Using an intuitive web-based interface, designers can describe workflow steps and dependencies so that lengthy, repetitive tasks, that are prone to human error, are automated. The result is a more cost-effective, logical, self-documenting solution for workflow design and scheduling.
With Platform Process Manager V9.1, these capabilities can be leveraged in IBM Platform Symphony grids as well as in environments using non-LSF batch systems. Additional enhancements include consistent use of spooler and working directory definition and use between Platform LSF , Platform Application Center, and Platform Process Manager as well as support for user variables when running flows spanning multiple clusters.
IBM Platform RTM V9.1: Resource utilization reporting and monitoring
IBM Platform RTM is an operational dashboard for IBM Platform LSF environments, which provides comprehensive workload monitoring, reporting, and management. It makes cluster administrators more efficient in their day-to-day activities, and provides the information and tools needed to improve cluster efficiency, enable better user productivity, and contain or reduce costs.
V9.1 includes the following enhancements:
IBM Platform License Scheduler V9.1: License management and reporting
By allocating a virtualized pool of licenses based on an organization's own distribution policies, IBM Platform License Scheduler enables license sharing of FlexLM licenses between global project teams. It prioritizes license availability by workload, user, and project, such that licenses are optimally utilized. Whether the application software environment is simple or complex, IBM Platform License Scheduler helps organizations optimize their use of enterprise software licenses, improving productivity and containing cost.
IBM Platform License Scheduler V9.1 includes an enhanced project mode for faster scheduling and improved utilization. Additional enhancements include:
IBM Platform Application Center V9.1: Portal management and application support
IBM Platform Application Center V9.1 provides a flexible application-centric portal for users and administrators to interact with their cluster, grid, or HPC cloud in a natural and powerful way. The web-based interface simplifies workload management with remote job monitoring, easy access to job related data, and the capability to manage jobs, such as stopping, suspending, resuming, or requeuing jobs. Intuitive, self-documenting scripting guidelines provide standardized access to applications, enabling administrators to better enforce site policies as well as simplify the creation of job submission templates, resulting in reduced setup time while minimizing user errors during job submissions.
This latest release includes extended support for 3D visualization technologies including DCV and Exceed on Demand as well as an enhanced web services interface. Additional capabilities are available in the dashboard including badmin perfmon metrics and new columns, including job runtime information (-WF, -WL, and -WP), job description (-Jd), and custom column content. The application integration capabilities are further simplified with a custom help capability within each template and improved handling of include files when they are uploaded.
IBM Platform Application Center is also tightly integrated with IBM Platform Analytics, which is part of the IBM Platform LSF product family. The integration makes it more efficient to access the capabilities of Platform Analytics using a single integrated interface.
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IBM Platform LSF V9.1.1 and the accompanying V9.1 add-on products are part of the IBM Platform Computing portfolio of products, which include:
IBM Platform Analytics V9.1 is an advanced analysis and visualization tool for analyzing massive amounts of workload data. It enables managers, planners, and administrators to easily correlate job, resource, and license data from one or multiple Platform LSF and Platform Symphony clusters, grids, or clouds for data-driven decision making. With better insight into technical and high performance computing (HPC) data center environments, organizations can identify and quickly remove bottlenecks, spot emerging trends, and plan capacity more effectively.
Platform MPI is often purchased in conjunction with Platform 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. If you have a single HPC cluster and more static application requirements, then Platform Cluster Manager - Standard Edition V3.2 helps provision, run, manage, and monitor an HPC cluster with unprecedented ease.
Platform Symphony typically runs different types of workloads than Platform LSF , and is, therefore, a complementary product. Platform LSF is optimized for scheduling batch jobs where each job is discrete and the application is typically parallelized using Platform 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.
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Refer to Software Announcement 212-423, dated November 13, 2012 .
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Program Program number VRM name 5725-G82 9.1.1 IBM Platform LSF 5725-G82 9.1.0 IBM Platform Process Manager 5725-G82 9.1.0 IBM Platform RTM 5725-G82 9.1.0 IBM Platform License Scheduler 5725-G85 9.1.0 IBM Platform Application Center
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The following publications are shipped with the product and available on the web for the IBM Platform LSF V9.1 product family.
IBM Platform LSF :
IBM Platform Application Center:
IBM Platform Process Manager:
IBM Platform RTM:
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Specified operating environment
Platform LSF V9.1 and Platform Application Center V9.1 are supported on IBM System x® iDataPlex® and other rack-based servers. They are also fully certified to run on clusters comprised of IBM Power Systems servers running AIX® or Linux .
LSF installations are typically large and involve a significant amount of hardware. Because of this, rack-based solutions tend to be the most practical.
The hardware requirements for the IBM Platform LSF scheduler are as follows:
A secondary master host is recommended in large clusters.
Note: The hardware requirements for the product options vary based on the HPC environment. Refer to the product publications for additional details.
IBM Platform LSF is supported on any of the following operating environments:
Note: For Linux installations, precompiled binaries facilitate easy installation on different Linux kernels. The distribution to install will depend more on the version of Linux (specifically the Linux kernel version) rather than the actual distribution (RHEL, CentOS, SLES). The version to install will also depend on the version of glibc.
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The following products can be used in conjunction with Platform LSF :
IBM Platform LSF V9.1.1 is fully compatible with Platform LSF V7 and Platform LSF V8.
Users deploying IBM Platform LSF - Advanced Edition should be aware of the following limitation:
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 License Scheduler should be aware of the following limitations:
Users deploying IBM Platform Application Center should be aware of the following limitations:
Users deploying IBM Platform Process Manager should be aware of the following limitations:
Users deploying IBM Platform RTM 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.
For a high-throughput workload, such as the workloads found in the semiconductor design market, clusters of 5,000 nodes with 40,000 cores and 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 IBM Platform LSF product family will operate. It is recommended to assign a systems administrator who has responsibility for planning, installing, maintaining, and administering the IBM 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:
Existing Platform LSF users will map to the Standard Edition. However, IBM Platform LSF - Standard Edition is a new product; it is more than just Platform 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, customers who are currently using Platform LSF V7 update 6, or earlier will require new licenses. In addition, IBM Platform LSF V8.3 no longer uses FLEXlm for licensing. For assistance on configurations or licensing, contact your local Platform Computing representative.
Platform LSF V9.1 is distributed on optional DVD media or available for electronic download in multiple eAssemblies. Included are:
Platform Application Center V9.1 is distributed as a single DVD media option or available for electronic download in multiple eAssemblies. Included are:
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Security, auditability, and control
Platform LSF and Platform Application Center use the security and auditability features of the system in which they are installed.
The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
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Product group: IBM Platform Computing Product Identifier Description (PID) IBM Platform LSF 5725G82 IBM Platform Application Center 5725G85 Product category: Other Software
Part number or Program name PID number Charge metric IBM Platform LSF 5725-G82 -Express Edition Managed core RVU (1) -Standard Edition Managed core RVU -Advanced Edition Managed core RVU -License Scheduler Managed core RVU -Process Manager Concurrent user -RTM Install -RTM Data Collectors Managed core RVU IBM Platform 5725-G85 Concurrent user Application Center (1) Resource Value Unit
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Program Value Unit number Program name exhibit 5725-G82 Platform LSF - VUE139 Express Edition Standard Edition Advanced Edition License Scheduler RTM Data Collectors
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Resource Value Unit conversion table:
Part Program name/Description number English Media Pack: IBM Platform License Scheduler V9.1 Multiplatform AJ011EN IBM Platform Process Manager V9.1 Multiplatform AJ012EN IBM Platform RTM V9.1 Multiplatform AJ013EN IBM Platform RTM Data Collectors V9.1 Multiplatform AJ014EN IBM Platform Application Center Standard Edition V9.1 Multiplatform English Media Pack AJ015EN
Media packs Part description number IBM Platform LSF Express Edition v9.1.1 Multiplatform AJ00UEN IBM Platform LSF Standard Edition v9.1.1 Multiplatform AJ00VEN IBM Platform LSF Advanced Edition v9.1.1 Multiplatform AJ00WEN IBM Platform LSF Dynamic Cluster v9.1.1 Multiplatform AJ00YEN
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Media packs Part description number IBM Platform LSF Express Edition V8.3 Multiplatform AJ000EN IBM Platform LSF Standard Edition V8.3 Multiplatform AJ001EN IBM Platform Process Manager V8.3 Multiplatform AJ002EN IBM Platform License Scheduler V8.3 Multiplatform AJ003EN IBM Platform RTM V8.3 Multiplatform AJ004EN IBM Platform RTM Data Collectors V8.3 Multiplatform AJ005EN IBM Platform Application Center Standard Edition V8.3 Multiplatform English Media Pack AJ007EN IBM Platform LSF Session Scheduler v9.1 Multiplatform AJ00XEN
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Phone: 800-IBM-CALL (426-2255) Fax: 800-2IBM-FAX (242-6329) For IBM representative: firstname.lastname@example.org For IBM Business Partner: email@example.com Mail: IBM Teleweb Customer Support ibm.com® Sales Execution Center, Americas North 3500 Steeles Ave. East, Tower 3/4 Markham, Ontario Canada L3R 2Z1 Reference: YE001
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