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Preview: IBM Platform Computing provides significant advancements in ease of use, scalability, and performance as well as monitoring and control for Technical Computing environments

IBM United States Software Announcement 212-392
October 3, 2012


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The Platform Computing family of products is designed to help you attain the highest levels of performance, scalability, and utilization in your computing environment.



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IBM® Platform Computing is widely viewed as the cluster, grid, and cloud management software of choice for technical and high performance computing (HPC) environments, including computationally and data-intensive design, manufacturing, financial analytics, business, and research applications. Platform Computing products are used both to simplify the deployment, management, and use of small departmental clusters as well as to optimize the deployment of complex applications and workloads in many of the world's largest environments (100,000+ cores). The product portfolio is a critical component for any client that wishes to maximize the utilization of its compute- and data-intensive resources for the highest return on investment while ensuring the shortest time to results.

The latest product releases and additions to the IBM Platform Computing portfolio further extend this value with new features making the products easier to use, enhanced management features, and significant advances in scalability and performance. This preview provides details of the following product family releases:



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The IBM Platform Computing portfolio of products require the following:



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Previews provide insight into IBM plans and direction. Availability, prices, ordering information, and terms and conditions will be provided when the product is announced.



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Accelerate results with comprehensive and integrated cluster, grid, HPC cloud, and analytics management

IBM Platform Computing simplifies and accelerates deployment and management of high-performance clusters, grids, and HPC clouds. Platform Computing products are designed to assist you in optimizing your HPC and technical computing environments of all sizes - including managing small departmental clusters as well as deployment of complex applications and workloads in many of the world's largest environments, including computationally and data-intensive design, manufacturing, financial analytics, business, and research applications.

Product portfolio advancements

The product portfolio is a critical component for any customer that wishes to optimize the utilization of HPC and technical computing resources for the highest return on investment while ensuring shortest time to results. The latest product releases and additions to the IBM Platform Computing portfolio further extend this value with new features making the products easier to use, enhanced management features, and significant advances in scalability and performance.

Platform Computing software runs on a variety of hardware and operating environments, including the latest generation of IBM System x® servers, IBM Power Systems , and IBM PureSystems™ . By prequalifying and certifying these platforms as complete solutions, IBM helps take the risk out of mission-critical high-performance technical computing deployments.



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IBM Platform Computing portfolio

IBM Platform Computing complements the IBM systems and technology portfolio by providing simplified management software to help eliminate the complexity of optimizing cluster, grid, and HPC cloud environments. The following products comprise the IBM Platform Computing portfolio:

IBM Technical Computing solutions

The Platform Computing products are an integral part of the IBM cluster, grid, HPC cloud, and big data solutions, delivering a full range of cloud deployment, management, and optimization capabilities for flexible shared Technical and High Performance Computing environments. Platform Computing software runs on a variety of hardware and operating environments. By prequalifying and certifying these platforms as complete solutions, IBM helps take the risk out of mission-critical high-performance technical computing deployments.

Clusters comprised of IBM System x servers offer an ideal hardware platform for IBM Platform Computing products, all of which are certified to run on the M4 generation of System x servers, including the most recent System x iDataPlex® and IBM PureFlex™ systems. The IBM Platform HPC product is an integral part of the IBM Intelligent Cluster™ solution, providing tightly integrated cluster and workload management capabilities. In addition, IBM Platform LSF and IBM Platform Symphony include support for the IBM PowerLinux™ series of products.

IBM Platform Symphony enables the implementation of a shared grid environment running Hadoop MapReduce applications on InfoSphere® BigInsights™ or third-party Hadoop implementations. You can benefit from the low-latency capabilities, heterogeneous application support, and sophisticated scheduling and management.

If you are running applications that benefit from a distributed parallel file system, IBM General Parallel File System ( GPFS™ ) may be deployed together with Platform Computing products, providing improved file system performance for data-intensive applications.

Depending on the nature of your requirement, Platform Computing deployments often include software development and integration services. With its breadth of services capabilities, IBM is uniquely positioned to help you integrate applications and be up and running quickly to get maximum value from your grid computing investment.

Business Partner information

If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM , you may link directly to Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld® ID and password are required (use IBM ID).

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Power Systems, PureSystems, PureFlex, Intelligent Cluster, IBM PowerLinux, BigInsights and GPFS are trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

IBM, LSF, Express, Symphony, System x, iDataPlex, InfoSphere and PartnerWorld are registered trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

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