IBM Platform LSF V9.1 family of products delivers excellent performance, scalability, and usageIBM United States Software Announcement 213-222
May 14, 2013
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Realize excellent performance, scalability, and usage with the IBM® Platform LSF® product offerings. Features and benefits include the following:
Platform LSF V9.1.1 offers scheduling, usability, manageability, and scalability enhancements, including efficient processor core and non-uniform memory access (NUMA) memory allocation. It also includes enhanced integration with IBM Parallel Environment Runtime Edition for Linux .
Platform Process Manager V9.1 offers additional enhancements. You can use its existing capabilities for IBM Platform Symphony® grids as well as in environments using non-LSF batch systems.
For ordering, contact your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: RE001).
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IBM Platform LSF V9.1.1 offers several scheduling, usability, manageability, and scalability enhancements. It includes enhanced integration with IBM Parallel Environment Runtime Edition for Linux , which enables improved performance for larger high performance computing (HPC) workloads.
Refer to the Description section for information about the following products:
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|Planned availability date|
June 14, 2013
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Introduction to the IBM Platform LSF product family
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 workload management capabilities, all designed to work together to address high performance computing needs.
In LSF 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 enhanced for improved usability. For better manageability, Platform LSF is updated to offer fast detection of stalled jobs. It uses the kernel cgroup function to improve process tracking, topology CPU, and memory enforcement. Scheduling resource requirements are extended to consider memory in addition to cores, as well as other multicluster enhancements.
Relative to other workload management offerings, the IBM Platform LSF product family delivers the following unique advantages:
IBM Platform LSF V9.1.1: Workload management
Platform LSF manages and accelerates workload processing for compute- 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. With NUMA as part of the multicore hosts today, 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 enable users to express per slot and task binding options.
IBM Platform LSF V9.1.1 Standard Edition is ideal for multicluster or grid environments and optimized for high-throughput serial jobs and complex user grouping structures.
Platform LSF V9.1.1 also includes enhanced integration with IBM Parallel Environment Runtime Edition which offers additional performance for larger high performance computing (HPC) workloads. Preexisting 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 functions 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.
The IBM Platform Process Manager consists of the Process Manager Server and Client. The Process Manager Server controls the submission of jobs to LSF , managing any dependencies between work items. Components under the Process Manager Client such as the Flow Manager and Flow Editor are used to manage the flows in the Process Manager.
With Platform Process Manager V9.1, these capabilities can be used in IBM Platform Symphony grids as well as in environments using non-LSF batch systems. Additional enhancements include:
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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 that includes:
If you have a single HPC cluster and more static application requirements, 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. 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 .
Refer to Software Announcement 213-018, dated February 05, 2013 .
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Program Program number VRM name 5765-LSF 9.1.1 Platform LSF - Standard Edition for POWER 5765-PPM 9.1.0 Platform Process Manager for POWER
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Maintenance Maintenance Program PID number 1 year PID number 3 year PID number 5765-LSF 5660-LSF 5662-LSF 5661-LSF 5663-LSF 5664-LSF 5765-PPM 5660-PPM 5662-PPM 5661-PPM 5663-PPM 5664-PPM
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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 Process Manager:
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Specified operating environment
Platform LSF V9.1 is supported on clusters consisting 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.
Platform Process Manager V9.1 is supported on clusters consisting of IBM Power Systems servers running AIX .
The Process Manager Server requires the following:
To install the Process Manager Server, Flow Manager, and Flow Editor, the hardware requirements are as follows:
IBM Platform LSF for Power® is supported on any of the following operating environments:
IBM Platform Process Manager for Power is supported on the following operating environment:
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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.
IBM Platform Process Manager V9.1 is fully compatible with Platform Process Manager V7 and Platform Process Manager V8.
Users deploying IBM Platform LSF - Standard Edition should be aware of the following limitations:
Users deploying IBM Platform Process Manager 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 V9.1.1 is functionally the same as prior versions.
LSF Standard Edition is ideal for multicluster or grid environments and optimized for high-throughput serial jobs and complex user grouping structures.
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.
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Platform LSF V9.1 and Platform Process Manager are distributed on DVD media or available for electronic download. Included are:
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Security, auditability, and control
Platform LSF and Platform Process Manager 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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5765-LSF - Platform LSF Std Edn POWER, V9.1.1 Basic license one-time charge Feature Feature description number Per processor core with 1 year software maintenance 0001 Per 250 processor cores with 1 year software maintenance(1) 0002
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5765-PPM - Platform Process Manager POWER, V9.1 Basic license one-time charge Feature Feature description number Per concurrent user with 1 year software maintenance 0001
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Software Maintenance for Platform LSF Std Edn POWER - 5765-LSF
Feature Feature description number 5660-LSF Maintenance no-charge 1-year registration Per processor core 2051 Per 250 processor cores 2052 5660-LSF Maintenance 1-year 24 x 7 support Per processor core 2046 Per 250 processor cores 2048 5662-LSF Maintenance 3-year registration Per processor core 1280 Per 250 processor cores 1281 5662-LSF Maintenance 3-year 24 x 7 support Per processor core 1278 Per 250 processor cores 1279 5661-LSF 1-year Software Maintenance after-license Per processor core 0800 Per 250 processor cores 0801 5661-LSF After-license 1-year 24 x 7 support Per processor core 0798 Per 250 processor cores 0799 5664-LSF 3-year Software Maintenance after-license Per processor core 0003 Per 250 processor cores 0004 5664-LSF After-license 3-year 24 x 7 support Per processor core 0001 Per 250 processor cores 0002
Software Maintenance for Platform Process Mgr POWER - 5765-PPM
Feature Feature description number 5660-PPM Maintenance no-charge 1-year registration Per concurrent user 2070 5660-PPM Maintenance 1-year 24 x 7 support Per concurrent user 2068 5662-PPM Maintenance 3-year registration Per concurrent user 1292 5662-PPM Maintenance 3-year 24 x 7 support Per concurrent user 1291 5661-PPM 1-year Software Maintenance after-license Per concurrent user 0813 5661-PPM After-license 1-year 24 x 7 support Per concurrent user 0812 5664-PPM 3-year Software Maintenance after-license Per concurrent user 0002 5664-PPM After-license 3-year 24 x 7 support Per concurrent user 0001
Description Feature Code IBM Electronic Software Delivery for initial software orders 3453
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To receive shipment of machine-readable materials, the order needs to include 5692-A6P for Platform LSF - Std Edn POWER or 5692-LOP for Platform Process Mgr POWER . The individual licensed program order (for example, 5765-LSF and 5765-PPM) must still be ordered but will be for registration and billing purposes only and will not result in shipment of materials.
Feature Program number Program/Function name number 5692-A6P Platform LSF - Std Edn for POWER V9.1.1 2302 5692-LOP Platform LSF - Std Edn for POWER V9.1.1 2468 5692-A6P Platform Process Mgr for POWER V9.1 2303
Part number or Program name PID number Charge metric Platform LSF Std 5765-LSF Per processor core Edn POWER with 1 year SWMA 1-year SWMA: 5660-LSF Per processor core Registration and Renewal 1-year SWMA: 5661-LSF Per processor core After-license 3-year SWMA: 5662-LSF Per processor core Registration 3-year SWMA: 5663-LSF Per processor core Renewal 3-year SWMA: 5664-LSF Per processor core After-license
Part number or Program name PID number Charge metric Platform Process 5765-PPM Per concurrent user Manager POWER with 1 year SWMA 1-year SWMA: 5660-PPM Per concurrent user Registration and Renewal 1-year SWMA: 5661-PPM Per concurrent user After-license 3-year SWMA: 5662-PPM Per concurrent user Registration 3-year SWMA: 5663-PPM Per concurrent user Renewal 3-year SWMA: 5664-PPM Per concurrent user After-license
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