IBM Platform Cluster Manager V4.1 Advanced Edition can consolidate your cluster and grid environments

IBM United States Software Announcement 212-443
November 13, 2012

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IBM® Platform Cluster Manager V4.1 Advanced Edition:

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IBM Platform Cluster Manager V4.1 Advanced Edition automates the self-service assembly of multiple heterogeneous HPC and analytics clusters on shared compute infrastructure. The cluster manager creates a secure multi-tenant analytics and HPC cloud for users running technical computing and analytics workloads to dynamically create clusters and grids on demand, consolidate a scattered cluster infrastructure, increase hardware utilization, gain access to larger cluster infrastructures, and rapidly deploy multiple heterogeneous HPC environments.

Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition can deliver:

IBM Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition has the following advanced capabilities over IBM Platform Cluster Manager Standard Edition:

Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition runs on the latest generation of IBM System x® iDataPlex® , Intelligent Cluster™ , and other rack-based servers and is also supported on non-IBM industry standard x86_64 hardware. By prequalifying and certifying these platforms at scale, IBM can help you take the risk out of deploying mission-critical grid computing deployments.

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Typical HPC and analytics clusters are built for a specific purpose. The applications running in these clusters are varied and may require differences in the hardware and software environment. In addition, separate projects may build their own separate clusters, and separate user groups may need to securely separate themselves from each other. If you have multiple clusters, you can benefit by consolidating these clusters. You need a dynamic and flexible infrastructure to support the performance required by these compute-intensive workloads.

By offering self-service capability, Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition enables timelier provisioning of HPC and analytics clusters, and enhances user productivity. It creates an analytics and HPC cloud for users running technical computing and analytics workloads to consolidate their disparate cluster infrastructure. This delivers increased hardware utilization and the ability to meet or exceed your service level agreements (SLAs) while lowering operational expenditures (OPEX). It also enables you to rapidly deploy HPC and analytics clusters and supports multiple heterogeneous HPC and analytics clusters such as IBM Platform LSF® , IBM Platform Symphony® , or Grid Engine. With integrated management capabilities, Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition can deliver a single pane to monitor and manage your entire infrastructure.

With Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition, you can deploy multiple heterogeneous HPC and analytics clusters and grids through self service. Resources are shared across clusters by rapidly re-provisioning to meet the cluster needs. Once deployed, the size of the HPC and analytics clusters can grow and shrink (flex) based on demand and to meet SLAs. Flexing maximizes utilization and reduces performance bottlenecks by allocating the resources where they are needed.

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Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition is part of a family of cluster and grid workload management solutions. Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition is an enabling technology that is used to provision the cluster and grid workload managers. More specifically, it is used to provision multiple cluster and grid workload managers on a shared set of hardware resources. Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition first provisions the HPC and analytics clusters, and then you connect to the provisioned HPC or analytics cluster to run your workload. The cluster manager is also used to manage the running HPC and analytics clusters, and to shut them down when they are no longer needed.

Among the HPC and analytics products that Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition can deploy are:

Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition is required when customers need:

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Reference information
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Refer to Preview Announcement 212-392, dated October 03, 2012 .

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Program                Program
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5725-G88      4.1.0    Platform Cluster Manager

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The following publications and documentation are shipped with the product and available on the web:

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Hardware requirements

Platform Cluster Manager V4.1 Advanced Edition is supported on IBM System x iDataPlex , Intelligent Cluster , and other rack-based servers and is also supported on non-IBM x86_64 servers.

The installations are typically large and involve a significant amount of hardware. Because of this, rack-based solutions tend to be the most practical. The choice of hardware is typically dictated by the type of workload that you expect to run in this environment.

Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition installations involve a predefined management node and a large number of compute hosts.

Software requirements

Platform Cluster Manager V4.1 Advanced Edition supports the following operating environments:

The web console requires Adobe™ Flash Player 10, or later, and is supported on:

Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition supports most workload managers, and supports the following:

The program's specifications and specified operating environment information may be found in documentation accompanying the program, if available, such as a readme file, or other information published by IBM , such as an announcement letter. Documentation and other program content may be supplied only in the English language.

Companion products

Typical use of this product is in conjunction with HPC workload managers such as IBM Platform LSF , IBM Platform Symphony , Grid Engine, PBS, and Hadoop.


Platform Cluster Manager V4.1 Advanced Edition is compatible with most cluster and grid technologies. Compatibility is limited by the operating systems supported.


Refer to usage restrictions in the Terms and conditions section of this announcement, or to the License Information document that is available on the IBM Software License Agreement website
Performance considerations

The performance of this product depends upon many factors, including the number of nodes in the cluster, the number of users querying the system, and the frequency of queries. As these increase, the scheduling cycle and user response time will increase.

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Planning information

Because Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition is designed to support various HPC and analytics environments, the requirements of these environments need to be considered when procuring new hardware. HPC and analytics environments benefit greatly from fast interconnects, such as InfiniBand, and should be considered in procurement. The best system should be selected in consultation with IBM System x and IBM Platform product specialists. The optimal configuration will depend on the scale of the HPC and analytics environments and the nature of anticipated application workloads.

Customer responsibilities

Support for xCAT is not covered by the Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition software subscription and support. For production installations, it is recommended that IBM Support for xCAT be purchased (5724-V63 or 5724-V64).


When installing Platform Cluster Manager V4.1 Advanced Edition, you must follow the instructions in the documents named Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition, Quick Up and Running Guide or Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition, Installation Guide . These documents provide a thorough explanation of the steps involved in installing the program.

You will need to obtain the software and licenses needed to provision your HPC and analytics environments. For example, if you want to provision multiple Platform LSF clusters, you will need to acquire the Platform LSF software and the licenses suitable for your environment.


Platform Cluster Manager V4.1 Advanced Edition is distributed on multiple DVD media options and available for electronic download with multiple eAssemblies. Included are:

This program, when downloaded from a website, contains the applicable IBM license agreement and License Information, if appropriate, and will be presented for acceptance at the time of installation of the program. For future reference, the license and License Information will be stored in a directory such as LICENSE.TXT.

Security, auditability, and control

Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition uses the security and auditability features of the system in which it is 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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IBM Cluster Manager Advanced Edition V4.1 Multiplatform
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