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Overview

The Linux community offers our customers a wide selection of software components and tools for deploying high performance clusters. These components can be assembled for the user into a full solution, with the selection dependent upon many factors – such as customer experience, price, ease of use, specific functionality, and staffing availability.

Another option for users is to select from a portfolio of cluster management software, tested and verified for specific servers and interconnects, and focused on specific application areas or classes of problems. The software is maintained and supported by the developers, freeing the user to focus on the application demands on the cluster resource and not the underlying enabling technology.

As part of its Unified Cluster Portfolio, Hewlett-Packard offers cluster software as options on HP Cluster Platforms.

In addition, HP works closely with the Open Source community to foster the development of technology and to ensure that technology is supported on HP platforms.

In partnership with Red Hat and Novell, HP offers specially-priced subscriptions for compute nodes in HPC clusters. Combine with enterprise server subscriptions for general purpose and head nodes to ensure full coverage and access to upgrades and software patches.

Linux Cluster Management Products available on HP cluster platforms include:

  • HP Cluster Management Utility - CMU is an efficient and robust tool for the management of HPC Linux clusters and compute farms, with support for multiple Linux distributions. A simple graphic interface enables centralized console management, monitoring of cluster-wide and node-specific metrics, and software installation.

  • Platform HPC Workgroup Edition Non-HP site – This ‘all-in-one suite’ is a combination of a simple to deploy and manage cluster management solution from Platform Computing includes Platform Cluster Manager (PCM), Platform MPI, and Platform LSF Workgroup Edition, available for clusters of up to 32 nodes. PCM enables easy and rapid deployment and administration of an HPC cluster with choice of open source components, fully supported by Platform Computing and qualified on HP systems. Platform LSF Workgroup Edition is Platform’s sophisticated workload scheduler and resource manager. The solution is offered by HP in most countries, and is available from Platform resellers.

In addition to the third party solutions noted above, community sponsored and supported toolkits are available that can be deployed on HP Linux Clusters.

  • "NPACI Rocks" cluster toolkit - This open source project is led by the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI) at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) and the University of California. NPACI Rocks provides turnkey software installation and update for Linux clusters, as well as tools such as the Portable Batch System (PBS), Maui Scheduler, and MPICH for Ethernet and Myrinet.
    A commercially supported version of ROCKS, called ROCKS+, is available from HP partner, Clustercorp. ROCKS+ Non-HP site is offered directly by HP in several countries via HP's SLMS channel.
    » www.rocksclusters.org Non-HP site

  • Gelato.org - The Gelato portal is dedicated to providing the Itanium Linux community with the most current and useful resources for running Linux on the Itanium platform. The portal is associated with the Gelato Federation.
    » www.gelato.org Non-HP site

HP offers a Linux Value Pack which features popular cluster tools. The HP HPC Linux Value Pack includes HP-MPI, Platform LSF, and HP SHMEM/UPC, is aggressively priced, and available with HP support. This enables a site to have a single point of service for full cluster environment.

HP can deliver assembled solutions using an integrated software stack comprised of software components from standard open source, third party software, and HP engineered components. These solutions build on HP experience delivering very large node clusters for supercomputing installations.


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