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I recently announced the opening for nominations for the Implementing an IBM High Performance Computing (HPC) Solution on POWER8 residency program. I encourage you to submit your nomination utilizing the link included at the bottom of this announcement.
For additional information about the IBM Power Systems in particular the POWER8 announcement, and to learn more about it, refer to the following website:
To read more about the residency objectives, and to also submit your nomination, please refer to the following website:
The residency team invites you to download and read the first IBM Redbooks publication on IBM Platform Computing Solutions.
This IBM Platform Computing Solutions Redbooks publication is the first book to describe each of the available offerings that are part of the IBM portfolio of Cloud, analytics, and High Performance Computing (HPC) solutions for our clients. This publication delivers descriptions of the available offerings from IBM Platform Computing that address challenges for our clients in each industry. We include a few implementation and testing scenarios with selected solutions.
Chapter 1. Introduction to IBM Platform Computing
Chapter 2. Technical computing software portfolio
Chapter 3. Planning
Chapter 4. IBM Platform Load Sharing Facility (LSF) product family
Chapter 5. IBM Platform Symphony
Chapter 6. IBM Platform High Performance Computing
Chapter 7. IBM Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition
Appendix A. IBM Platform Computing Message Passing Interface
Appendix B. Troubleshooting examples
Appendix C. IBM Platform Load Sharing Facility add-ons and examples
Appendix D. Getting started with KVM provisioning
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I am working brainstorming topics with my residency team about IBM PowerHA with focus on migration practices.
After evaluating the current documentation including: Installation guides (manuals) and available Redbooks, there is very good documentation on migration scenarios already available including combinations of operating systems and PowerHA versions.
I am asking the broader technical audience via my blog if there is anything outside of what is currently documented that you think might be useful to create content, and document it an IBM Redbooks.
Feedback would be greatly appreciate it.
The residency team invites you to download and read the second IBM Redbooks publication for IBM Platform Computing Solutions.
This publication describes the integration of IBM Platform Symphony with IBM BigInsights, and provides IBM Platform LSF implementation scenarios leveraging IBM System x technologies.
This IBM Redbooks publication contains the following table of contents:
Chapter 1. IBM Platform Computing Solutions products and portfolio
Chapter 2. IBM Platform Symphony and IBM BigInsights integration
Chapter 3. IBM Platform LSF implementation scenario
Chapter 4 IBM Platform Computing Solutions and industries
Chapter 5. IBM Platform Computing Solutions security considerations
Appendix 1. IBM BigInsights configuration files
This IBM Redbooks publication can be downloaded at the following website:
In 2013, we are focusing on updating topics with the latest versions of IBM Platform Computing (LFS, Symphony, etc.). We are also focusing on bringing architectural references to our readers describing the platforms where the solutions can be implemented. Your comments and suggestions are welcome. Keep an eye on the upcoming residency announcements on IBM Platform Computing solutions.
Announcing the IBM ITSO POWER8 Technology and System Technical Deep Dive Workshops
The goal with this workshop is to bring to the technical communities the news on POWER 8. This class focuses on providing the attendees with valuable information on the new POWER architecture including the lastest virtualization features.
These workshops are designed for all IT professionals, including technical project managers, architects, systems programmers, systems designers and application developers who need to understand how to design and exploit the hardware and software infrastructure required to effectively run modern IBM System z and POWER8 solutions. All workshops are open to Clients, Business Partners, Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and IBMers. These workshops are especially recommended if you plan to use the latest levels of technology that are available or recently announced.
The link to the ITSO Landing Page is at follows: http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redbooks.nsf/pages/roadshows?Open
For locations and the links to the registration for the IBM ITSO POWER8 Technology and System Technical Deep Dive, WRZ13G (1 day), follow this website:
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IBM GPFS provides fast data access and simple, cost effective data management. IBM GPFS can help:
For more information, refer to the website: http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/technicalcomputing/platformcomputing/products/gpfs/
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This project will update the previous GPFS publication: Implementing the IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS) in a Cross Platform Environment, SG24-7844. Additional areas to explore and document are:
• GPFS as a part of IBM’s broader software-defined storage environments
• Review use cases and expand the breadth of applicability of GPFS beyond traditional HPC use cases – SAP HANA, DB2 BLU Acceleration, Hadoop Analytics, Object store for OpenStack, and so on.
• Document GPFS FPO as a part of the GPFS capability for Big Data (not covered in prior IBM RedBooks)
• Position the IBM Platform Computing cloud service for clients needing high-performance software-defined storage in the cloud
• Explain the synergy between GPFS and storage intensive IBM products: Platform Symphony, Platform LSF, Algo, DataStage (where GPFS is part of the big data references architecture), Optim, BigInsights, Streams, SPSS, and so on.
In addition to updating the GPFS publication, the residency team will explore and document the following topics:
o An overview of the Platform Computing Cloud Services
o MultiCluster technology is central to the cloud service since this is how hybrid clusters are deployed
o GPFS as an option in the cloud service and why it is valuable
o Comparative economics of deploying on-premise vs. in the cloud
For additional information including the link to the nomination form, refer to the following website:
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5 things you should know about IBM Spectrum Scale (formerly GPFS)
For more information, refer to the IBM Spectrum Scale website at: http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/storage/spectrum/scale/.
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IBM GPFS - Are you Ready?
In this short video presentation at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5ELxaZpo4Q, Scott Fadden provides a brief overview of IBM GPFS. The GPFS parallel file system is currently being utilized across multiple industries worldwide to manage the growth of data. For more Information on the IBM GPFS, refer to the website:
Also, visit the IBM GPFS WIKI which contains the latest information regarding the solution, implementation, and technical information. The WIKI can be accessed at:
The IBM RedPaper - Deploying PowerHA Solution with AIX HyperSwap, REDP-4954-00 (http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redpieces/abstracts/redp4954.html?Open) provides additional information on how to help you plan, install, tailor and configure the new PowerHA with Hyperswap clustering solution. IBM PowerHA with HyperSwap adds transparent storage protection for replicated storage, improving overal system availability by masking storage failures. Please share any experiences you might have had with IBM PowerHA and the AIX HyperSwap solution.
Final draft publication of the IBM Platform Computing Solutions Reference Architectures and Best Practices, SG24-8169
The residency team is pleased to announced the final draft release of the IBM Platform Computing Solutions Reference Architectures and Best Practices, SG24-8169 publication which provides details on how to deploy solutions for technical computing and big data highlighting IBM Platform Computing, IBM iDataPlex, and IBM GPFS. The final draft can be found at:
We would like to highlight two chapters which provide information on how to implement solutions for technical computing and big data utilizing IBM Platform Cluster Manager Standard Edition (PCM-SE) 4.1.1, IBM Platform Symphony Advanced Edition 6.1.1, and IBM GPFS FPO 3.5. Also note the great team work on chapter 4 in particular on the use of templates for faster deployment of the clusters:
Chapter 3. IBM Platform High Performance Computing implementation scenario
Chapter 4. IBM Big Data implementation on an IBM High Performance Computing cluster
For additional information on IBM Platform Computing Cloud Service and many other solutions, refer to the following website:
For more information on IBM GPFS, refer to the website:
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You are invited to attend on Tuesday May 20 at 10:30 AM during the IBM Edge event, session sBD06 IBM Big Data Analytics Over a Public Cloud By: Luis Cruz and Daniel de Souza Casali and discover how to implement a big data analytic environment over SoftLayer running Hadoop with GPFS and performing map reduce with IBM Symphony. You can use the information presented during this session as a reference architecture that you can run over a public cloud for your company.
For additional information on all sessions to be presented during the event, refer to:
For information about the IBM Edge event, refer to the following website:
For information on the IBM Redbooks publication which can provide more details on the reference architecture presented during the session, refer to the IBM Platform Computing Solutions Reference Architectures and Best Practices, SG24-8169 at the following website:
5 Things you should know about the IBM Software Defined Environment (SDE)
1. SDE helps enable your organization to deliver IT services in the most efficient and productive way possible.
2. SDE combines compute, network, management, and storage resources and optimizes these resources efficiently.
3. SDE is the next generation of agile and optimized information technology.
4. SDE embraces open industry standards to foster freedom of choice and to help protect investments.
5. SDE leverages IBM Platform Resource Scheduler derived from IBM Platform Computing for dynamic resource management.
For additional information about the IBM Software Defined Environment, and to learn more about it, refer to the following website:
The residency team is pleased to announce the release of their IBM Redbooks publication - IBM Technical Computing Clouds - A draft IBM Redbooks publication located in the ITSO Redbooks website: http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/Redbooks.nsf/RedpieceAbstracts/sg248144.html?Open . The team would like to hear from your with your comments on this publication. Enjoy the publication.
Implementation best practices for BLU Acceleration on IBM POWER Systems for SAP BW/BI Environments for data management, analytics and reporting Residency
I am also announcing the opening of the next Implementation best practices for BLU Acceleration on IBM POWER Systems for SAP BW/BI Environments for data management, analytics and reporting residency focusing on creating how to documentation. Our intend for this project is to create technical content to help you understand which cases might fit the BLU Acceleration in order to provide an optimal system configuration for the IBM POWER System for SAP BW/BI environments. The new residency announcement can be found at:
Feedback for the residency team in regards to topics to be included are welcome. For more information regarding the IBM BLU Acceleration Solution - Power Systems Edition refer to the following website: