IBM Platform LSF Suite for Workgroups and IBM Platform LSF Suite for HPC deliver high performance computing solutions

IBM United States Software Announcement 216-145
April 19, 2016

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IBM® Platform LSF® Suite for Workgroups V9.1.3 and IBM Platform LSF Suite for HPC V9.1.3 deliver a complete high performance computing (HPC) software stack that enables system provisioning, systems management, and workload management. The Platform LSF Suites can help with the following:

  • Cluster deployment and management:
    • Rapid deployment and provisioning of bare metal clusters
    • Simplified monitoring of cluster hardware
  • Powerful, yet simple workload management:
    • Flexible and dynamic workload management policies supporting business priorities
    • Scalability and performance to support a diverse set of workloads
  • Web-enabled job management:
    • Improved user productivity by simplifying the use of HPC
    • Reduced time to train new users and reduce user errors
    • Seamless migration from on-premises to in-cloud computing


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Overview
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Platform LSF Suites deliver a complete end-to-end solution for cluster provisioning and workload management for demanding, distributed, and mission-critical science and engineering computing environments. They include a complete set of resource-aware, monitoring, workflow, analysis, and license management capabilities, all designed to work together to address HPC needs.

  • Platform LSF Suite for Workgroups V9.1.3 combines Platform LSF - Standard Edition with Platform Cluster Manager Community Edition and select function from Platform Application Center, Platform License Scheduler, and Platform MPI to deliver a complete cluster and workload management offering targeted at mid-market workgroup users with support for up to 128 nodes.
  • Platform LSF Suite for HPC V9.1.3 combines Platform LSF - Standard Edition with Platform Cluster Manager Community Edition and select function from Platform Application Center, Platform License Scheduler, Platform MPI, and Platform Process Manager to deliver a complete cluster and workload management offering targeted at large HPC clusters.


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Key prerequisites
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Hardware and operating systems include the following:

  • IBM Power Systems™ with POWER8® technology running a supported little endian Linux™ operating system
  • Intel™ x86-64 compatible system running a supported Linux operating system


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Planned availability date
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April 22, 2016



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Description
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The Platform LSF Suites for Workgroups and HPC offer a comprehensive end-to-end solution for the deployment, administration, and workload management of HPC clusters in scientific and engineering environments. Supporting both IBM POWER® and x86, it delivers powerful and intuitive functionality, enhancing end-user productivity and accelerating time to results.

Cluster management:

The LSF Suites uses Platform Cluster Manager Community Edition to deliver bare metal provisioning of the whole software stack and operational management of the cluster. For clients who want to deploy the LSF Suites onto a previously provisioned cluster, or who want to use their own provisioning solution, a separate installation package is provided.

Workload management:

Platform LSF deliver powerful workload management capabilities for demanding distributed and mission-critical design, simulation, and manufacturing environments. This offering is ideal for multicluster, grid, or OpenStack environments, optimized for both high-throughput serial jobs and large-scale parallel workloads. Platform LSF readily adapts to changing user requirements with scalable flexible policies, and extensive reporting. It can increase user productivity by taking advantage of robust workload management capabilities and can accelerate time to results with high-throughput scheduling.

Platform LSF License Scheduler enables both the automated collection of license usage information. It enables you to define license sharing and prioritization polices, ensuring that valuable application licenses are being used by the right user at the right time.

Platform MPI is a high-performance, production-quality implementation of the Message Passing Interface (MPI). It incorporates advanced CPU affinity features, dynamic selection of interface libraries, superior workload manager integrations, and improved performance and scalability.

User access and application management:

The LSF Suites include a flexible application-centric portal for users and administrators to interact with their cluster in a natural and powerful way. Intuitive, self-documenting submission templates provide standardized access to applications, enabling administrators to better enforce site policies, minimizing user error, and reducing the need for end-user training. The web-based environment simplifies access to the cluster in cloud environments.

The LSF Suite for HPC extends this higher scalability and support for remote 2D/3D visualization tools, role-based access control, graphical creation and management of computational workflows, and a restful API for accessing the environment via web services.

Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act

The IBM Platform LSF Suites are capable as of April 22, 2016, when used in accordance with IBM's associated documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it. A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) can be found on the IBM Accessibility website.



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Program number VRM Program name
5725-Z40 9.1.3 IBM Platform LSF Suite for Workgroups
5725-Z41 9.1.3 IBM Platform LSF Suite for HPC


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Offering Information
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Product information is available on the IBM Offering Information website.

More information is also available on the Passport Advantage® and Passport Advantage Express® website.



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Publications
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The IBM Knowledge Center is a worldwide central repository of IBM publications hosted in a single application, located at a single web address. You can find and navigate technical content more efficiently and easily with improved search, filtering, and user experience. Create your own collections of IBM documents with PDF output on demand.

For publications related to IBM Platform LSF Suite for Workgroups and IBM Platform LSF Suite for HPC, refer to the Quick Start Guide provided with the product package which provides links to publications in the Knowledge Center.

IBM also provides technical information in the form of http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/ . IBM Redbooks® publications are developed and published by the IBM International Technical Support Organization (ITSO). The ITSO develops and delivers skills, technical know-how, and materials to IBM technical professionals, Business Partners, clients, and the marketplace in general. References to IBM Redbooks for Platform Computing offerings and the IBM Platform LSF Suites may be available.



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Software Services

IBM Software Services has the breadth, depth, and reach to manage your services needs. You can leverage the deep technical skills of our lab-based, software services team and the business consulting, project management, and infrastructure expertise of our IBM Global Services team. Also, we extend our IBM Software Services reach through IBM Business Partners to provide an extensive portfolio of capabilities. Together, we provide the global reach, intellectual capital, industry insight, and technology leadership to support a wide range of critical business needs.

To learn more about IBM Software Services or to contact a Software Services sales specialist, go to the IBM Software Services website.



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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

Version 9.1.3 of the IBM Platform LSF Suites is supported on the following servers and clusters:

  • Power Systems POWER8-based
  • x86 rack-based

The hardware requirements are as follows:

  • Minimum of 2 GB of physical memory (RAM)
  • 16 GB or more recommended for large clusters
  • Available swap space that is twice physical memory
  • Minimum of one high-speed network interface
  • Secondary master host in large clusters (recommended)
Software requirements

IBM Platform LSF Suite for Workgroups V9.1.3 and IBM Platform LSF Suite for HPC V9.1.3 are supported running on the following operating environments:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.x
  • CentOS 7.x
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, 12

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

The following products or services could complement the client's purchase:

  • IBM Power Systems and IBM Pure Systems servers and clusters
  • IBM Platform RTM
  • IBM Platform Analytics
  • IBM Platform License Scheduler
  • IBM Platform Data Manager
  • IBM Platform Symphony®
  • IBM Spectrum Scale™
  • IBM Platform Computing Services and Training
  • IBM High Performance Services for HPC, Analytics, and Data

These products and services include the following benefits:

  • The IBM Platform LSF Suites support a diverse, multivendor set of operating systems and hardware and is therefore an ideal platform for consolidating a heterogeneous compute environment.
  • Clusters that comprise POWER8 or x86 servers running Linux are an ideal hardware platform for the IBM Platform LSF Suites.
  • IBM Platform RTM Server and Data Collector provides a rich operational dashboard for the LSF suites.
  • IBM Platform Analytics provides sophisticated analytical management reports.
  • IBM Platform License Scheduler provides additional license management capabilities beyond those included in the Suites for clients with the need to share software licenses between clusters.
  • IBM Platform Data Manager is an ideal solution for ensuring the necessary data files are available before workload is scheduled for clients with the need to pre-stage data transfers.
  • IBM Platform LSF Suites may be sold in conjunction with IBM Platform Symphony and associated add-on products for clients with diverse workload scheduling requirements. Platform LSF and Platform Symphony share a common resource management layer and can share resources on the same physical cluster.
  • IBM Spectrum Scale may be deployed together with the Platform LSF Suites, for clients running applications that may benefit from a distributed parallel file system, providing improved file system performance for data intensive applications.
Limitations

Users deploying IBM Platform LSF Suite for Workgroups V9.1.3 should be aware of the following limitations:

  • Scalability is limited to 128 dual-socket nodes and 25,000 concurrent jobs, pending and running, in the system.
  • The multicluster feature only allows forwarding of jobs to Platform LSF Standard Edition or Platform LSF Advanced Edition clusters.
  • IBM Platform LSF Suite for Workgroups V9.1.3 cannot be run in the same cluster with any other version of Platform LSF.
  • The Suite does not include an MPI implementation on POWER®.

Users deploying IBM Platform LSF Suite for HPC V9.1.3 should be aware of the following limitations:

  • Scalability is limited to 100,000 concurrent jobs, pending and running, in the system.
  • IBM Platform LSF Suite for HPC V9.1.3 cannot be combined in the same cluster with any other version of Platform LSF.
  • The Suite does not include an MPI implementation on POWER.

Users using Platform Cluster Manager Community Edition to deploy the IBM Platform LSF Suites should be aware of the following limitations:

  • Only one cluster, with one cluster template, can be used.
  • Upgrading software packages currently require the re-imaging of compute nodes.
IBM Electronic Support

The IBM Support Portal is your gateway to technical support. This includes IBM Electronic Support tools and resources, for software and hardware, to help save time and simplify support. The Electronic Support tools can help you find answers to questions, download fixes, troubleshoot, automate data collection, submit and track problems through the Service Request online tool, and build skills. All these tools are made available through your IBM support agreement. Read about the Electronic Support portfolio of tools on the IBM Electronic Support website.

You can also access the IBM Support Portal page and the online Service requests and PMRs tool for more support.

Planning information

Packaging

This offering is distributed on DVD media and is also available for electronic download. Included are:

  • IBM International Program License Agreement in multiple languages
  • Release notes
  • Installation or User's Guide
  • Required installation files

Two versions of each Suite are provided:

  1. One that includes Platform Cluster Manager Community Edition, which should be used for bare metal deployments.
  2. One that does not include Platform Cluster Manager Community Edition, which should be used if the operating system is already deployed, or you want to incorporate it into your own deployment mechanism.

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.

Direct customer support

For technical support or assistance, contact your IBM representative or go to the IBM Support Portal website.

Security, auditability, and control

The IBM Platform LSF Suites 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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Ordering information
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This product is only available through Passport Advantage. It is not available as shrinkwrap.

Product group: IBM Platform Computing

Product: IBM Platform LSF Suite for Workgroups (5725-Z40)
Product: IBM Platform LSF Suite for HPC (5725-Z41)

Product category: Other Software


Passport Advantage

5725-Z40

Program name/Description Part number
IBM Platform LSF Suite for Workgroups per Socket Initial Fixed Term License+Subscription & Support 12 Months D1M68LL
IBM Platform LSF Suite for Workgroups per Socket Subsequent Fixed Term License+Subscription & Support 12 Months E0MK1LL
IBM Platform LSF Suite for Workgroups per Socket Monthly License D1LRHLL
IBM Platform LSF Suite for Workgroups V9.1.3 Media Pack English AJ02LEN

5725-Z41

Program name/Description Part number
IBM Platform LSF Suite for HPC per Socket Monthly License D1LRKLL
IBM Platform LSF Suite for HPC per Socket Initial Fixed Term License+Subscription & Support 12 Months D1M69LL
IBM Platform LSF Suite for HPC per Socket Subsequent Fixed Term License+Subscription & Support 12 Months E0MK2LL
IBM Platform LSF Suite for HPC V9.1.3 Media Pack English AJ02MEN

Charge metric

Program name Part number or PID number Charge metric
IBM Platform LSF Suite for Workgroups 5725-Z40 Socket
IBM Platform LSF Suite for HPC 5725-Z41 Socket


Socket

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Terms and conditions
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This product is only available through Passport Advantage.

Licensing

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License Information number

L-YYAG-A7T5CD - IBM Platform LSF Suite for Workgroups
L-YYAG-A7T5DA - IBM Platform LSF Suite for HPC

See the License Information documents page on the IBM Software License Agreement website for more information.

Limited warranty applies

Yes

Limited warranty

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IBM provides you with access to IBM databases containing information on known program defects, defect corrections, restrictions, and bypasses at no additional charge. For further information, see the IBM Software Support Handbook.

IBM will maintain this information for at least one year after the original licensee acquires the program (warranty period).

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Money-back guarantee

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Volume orders (IVO)

No

Passport Advantage applies

Yes, information is available on the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express website.

Software Subscription and Support applies

Yes. Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) is included with licenses purchased through Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express. Product upgrades and Technical Support are provided by the Software Subscription and Support offering as described in the Agreements. Product upgrades provide the latest versions and releases to entitled software and Technical Support provides voice and electronic access to IBM support organizations, worldwide.

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While your Software Subscription and Support is in effect, IBM provides you assistance for your routine, short duration installation and usage (how-to) questions, and code-related questions. IBM provides assistance by telephone and, if available, electronic access, only to your information systems (IS) technical support personnel during the normal business hours (published prime shift hours) of your IBM support center. (This assistance is not available to your users.) IBM provides Severity 1 assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For additional details, see the IBM Software Support Handbook. Software Subscription and Support does not include assistance for the design and development of applications, your use of programs in other than their specified operating environment, or failures caused by products for which IBM is not responsible under the applicable agreements.

For additional information about the International Passport Advantage Agreement and the IBM International Passport Advantage Express Agreement, go to the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express website.

IBM Operational Support Services - SoftwareXcel

No

System i Software Maintenance applies

No

Variable charges apply

No

Educational allowance available

Not applicable



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Important: IBM does not warrant that any systems, products, or services are immune from, or will make your enterprise immune from, the malicious or illegal conduct of any party.



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Electronic Service Agent™ and the IBM Electronic Support web portal are dedicated to providing fast, exceptional support to organizations that have IBM Systems. The IBM Electronic Service Agent tool is a no-additional-charge tool that proactively monitors and reports hardware events, such as system errors, performance issues, and inventory. The Electronic Service Agent tool can help you stay focused on your company's strategic business initiatives, save time, and spend less effort managing day-to-day IT maintenance issues. Servers enabled with this tool can be monitored remotely around the clock by IBM Support, all at no additional cost to you.

Now integrated into the base operating system of AIX® V5.3, AIX V6.1, and AIX V7.1, Electronic Service Agent is designed to automatically and electronically report system failures and utilization issues to IBM, which can result in faster problem resolution and increased availability. System configuration and inventory information collected by the Electronic Service Agent tool also can be viewed on the secure Electronic Support web portal, and used to improve problem determination and resolution by you and the IBM support team. To access the tool main menu, simply type smitty esa_main, and select Configure Electronic Service Agent. In addition, ESA now includes a powerful web user interface, giving the administrator easy access to status, tool settings, problem information, and filters. For more information and documentation on how to configure and use Electronic Service Agent, go to the IBM Electronic Support website.

The IBM Electronic Support portal is a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used to access IBM Internet services and support. This portal enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems. The My Systems and Premium Search functions make it even easier for organizations that are Electronic Service Agent tool-enabled to track system inventory and find pertinent fixes.

Benefits

Increased uptime: The Electronic Service Agent™ tool is designed to enhance the Warranty or Maintenance Agreement by providing faster hardware error reporting and uploading system information to IBM Support. This can translate to less wasted time monitoring the symptoms, diagnosing the error, and manually calling IBM Support to open a problem record. Its 24 x 7 monitoring and reporting mean human intervention is not required to report errors.

Security: The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to be secure in monitoring, reporting, and storing the data at IBM. The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to securely transmit either through the Internet (HTTPS or VPN) or modem to provide organizations a single point of exit from their site. Communication is one way. Activating Electronic Service Agent does not enable IBM to call into an organization's system.

For additional information, go to the http://www.ibm.com/support/esa website.

More accurate reporting: Because system information and error logs are automatically uploaded to the IBM Support Center in conjunction with the service request, you are not required to find and send system information, decreasing the risk of misreported or misdiagnosed errors. Once inside IBM, problem error data is run through a data knowledge management system and knowledge articles are appended to the problem record.

Customized support: Using the IBM ID entered during activation, you can view system and support information in the My Systems and Premium Search sections of the IBM Electronic Support page.

My Systems provides valuable reports of installed hardware and software using information collected from the systems by Electronic Service Agent. Reports are available for any system associated with your IBM ID. Premium Search combines the function of search and the value of Electronic Service Agent information, providing advanced search of the technical support knowledgebase. Using Premium Search and the Electronic Service Agent information that has been collected from your system, you are able to see search results that apply specifically to your systems.

For more information on how to utilize the power of IBM Electronic Services, contact your IBM Systems Services Representative, or go to the IBM Electronic Support website.



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