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3 Ways IBM Bluemix and Rescale are Opening the Door to HPC in the Cloud

By Jerry Gutierrez, Global HPC Solution Leader, Bluemix Infrastructure & Tyler Smith, Head of Partnerships, Rescale

IBM Bluemix offers our customers an impressive array of leading high-performance computing (HPC) infrastructure, including bare metal servers and the latest GPUs, on an hourly basis to customers all over the world. But as HPC technology gets more advanced it takes more knowledge to leverage effectively, and we recognize that many times the people who need HPC aren’t experts in HPC; they’re experts in something else. They’re data scientists, automotive and aerospace manufacturers, and bioinformaticians. With challenging, high-stakes problems to solve, the intricacies of HPC implementation is just a hurdle to overcome on their quests.

Rescale’s web-based platform for running HPC on the cloud delivers the performance these engineers and scientists need in a turnkey, user-friendly experience. Rescale’s ScaleX platform gives users control over their data, hardware, and software while automating the complex tasks of HPC configuration and optimization. Running on IBM Bluemix infrastructure, Rescale makes sophisticated compute capabilities accessible to the users who need it most.

Here are just a few ways that Rescale simplifies HPC for all those trailblazers, helping put IBM Bluemix’s world-class HPC infrastructure network to work curing cancer, finding life on Mars, and predicting the future:

  • Automated cluster configuration

Building out your HPC cluster each time you want to run a job can be time-consuming and complicated, especially for the HPC novice. Doing hours of legwork just to get your computations started can undermine the value of being able to burst to the cloud exactly when you need to. Rescale has automated the cluster provisioning process on the ScaleX platform making the user’s task as simple and quick as choosing their hardware and cluster size and clicking “Submit.” It just takes a few clicks to spin up a cluster.

  • Broad portfolio of pre-tuned and optimized software applications

When a customer comes to IBM Bluemix, they install their own software based on their specific needs. Then they run benchmarks and tune their software to run on IBM Bluemix infrastructure. Again, this takes wizard-level HPC knowledge to do, and if you skip this step your performance will degrade or your problem might not even be solvable in the cloud. Rescale has a team of HPC, CAE, and deep learning experts that have automated and productized the tuning and optimization process for 180 plus simulation and deep learning software applications across multiple versions. That saves a lot of time for our shared customers, and ensures they effortlessly get the maximum performance out of our hardware. Plus, Rescale offers hourly on-demand licenses, cloud license-hosting, and license proxy tooling to simplify the tangle of cloud licensing models software users must navigate if they want to leverage the cloud.

  • Cloud management features

Using the cloud to infinitely scale out your computations is game-changing, but it presents its own set of challenges at enterprise scale. Rescale’s ScaleX Enterprise has an administrative portal for IT teams to manage budgets and permissions for large, multi-disciplinary teams and projects. It also integrates easily into existing private infrastructure hardware and schedulers for seamless hybrid cloud deployment. Collaboration features allow users to share jobs with their colleagues in real-time, without having to download or transfer large files. These features and others give enterprise employees the raw power of HPC while ensuring the organization is productive, cost-effective, and secure.

In short, Rescale’s synergies with IBM Bluemix open the doors to world-class HPC, increase utilization of our infrastructure, and make them a valued partner. We’ve got some big stuff in the pipeline for 2017 and beyond, and we’re excited to bring them to market with Rescale at our side.

To learn more, watch Rescale’s Head of Partnerships, Tyler Smith, present on “How to Leverage New HPC and AI Capabilities Via the IBM Cloud” at IBM InterConnect on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 11:30 am PDT in Mandalay Bay North, Level 0, South Pacific D. Click here for more information.

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