Bill McMillan

25 years of HPC innovation – IBM Spectrum LSF 10

Cloud object storage, High-performance computing, Hybrid cloud storage...

Even after 25 years, our high-performance computing (HPC) innovations show no signs of slowing. Following the launch of IBM Spectrum LSF Suites Version 10.2, and our acceptance of the 2017 HPCwire Editors’ Choice award for Best HPC Cluster Solution or Technology, we have released the next update to our core scheduler, IBM Spectrum LSF Version ...read more


Hybrid cloud, GPUs and containers….as easy as 1,2,3

Cloud computing, Hybrid cloud storage, Storage

Among organizational leaders operating high-performance computing environments today, there is rapidly growing interest in being able to leverage cloud computing resources on demand to augment on-premises resources – to address peaks in demand or to ensure time-critical work can be completed on time.  With more than two decades of experience managing clusters and clouds, we ...read more


Cognitive scheduling yields savings

Software-defined computing, Software-defined storage, Storage...

In my previous blog post, Improving chip yield rates with cognitive manufacturing, I highlighted the costs associated with semiconductor manufacturing, and how cognitive methods can yield benefits in both design and manufacture. The compute farms and private clouds required to run the necessary simulations and verifications can be pretty substantial, with the largest companies deploying ...read more


Celebrating a silver anniversary: IBM Spectrum LSF

Storage, Workload & resource optimization

This week we celebrate the release of our second agile update to IBM Spectrum LSF 10. And it’s our silver anniversary… 25 years of IBM Spectrum LSF! As we previously discussed in this blog post, IBM Spectrum LSF 10 focused primarily on architectural changes to support future growth in performance and scalability. We’ve seen steady ...read more


Improving chip yield rates with cognitive manufacturing

Data security, Hybrid cloud, Software-defined computing...

When we think about manufacturing in electronics we usually think about the assembly of the final product, rather than the manufacture of all of the individual components.  Right at the start of the supply chain are the microchips themselves.  As components, they are relatively cheap per unit, but the design complexity and manufacturing setup costs ...read more


Building on the success of IBM Spectrum LSF 10

Software-defined computing, Storage, System software...

IBM Spectrum LSF 10 was released in June 2016, delivering significant architectural enhancements and increases in scalability and performance. New functionalities are now being built on top of that solid foundation. This month will see the release of IBM Spectrum LSF 10.1.0.1, which will add several new capabilities. Container technologies offer many benefits, particularly in ...read more