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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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I encourage anyone interested to participate in the IBM Platform Computing Solutions Reference Architecture and Best Practices to submit your nomination for consideration.
There are already multiple Redbooks publications, and a few RedPapers on different technical challenges which IBM Platform Computing is addressing via their solutions. If you have any suggestions for topics for this residency, do not hesitate on adding comments to this blog.
During the residency, the team will provide reference architectures and best practices for deploying the Platform Computing solutions. Moreover, the team will implement and test Platform Computing solutions software stack focusing on specific industry solutions (engineering, life sciences, financial services, business analytics, oli and gas) leveraging the comprehensive set of IBM System x rack servers, IBM BladeCenter, IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS). This IBM Redbooks publication will demonstrate and document that the combination of IBM's System x, IBM GPFS and IBM Platform Computing solutions deliver significant value to clients in need of cost-effective, highly scalable, and robust solutions. IBM depth of solutions can help the clients plan a foundation to face challenges in how to manage, maintain, enhance, provision computing environments to analyze, for example, the growing volumes of data within their organizations.
To submit a nomination, you must use the online web nomination form:http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/Residents.nsf/GetResidency?OpenAgent&ID=PW-3901-R01
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The residency team invites you to download and read the first IBM Redbooks publication on the IBM Parallel Environment (PE) Developer Edition.
This IBM Redbooks publication has the following table of contents:
Chapter 1. IntroductionChapter 2. Component tour
Chapter 3. Scenarios
Chapter 4. Server installation
Chapter 5. Managing projects using the Eclipse and PTP framework
Chapter 6. Parallel Environment Developer Edition tools
Chapter 7. Application profiling and tuning
Appendix A. HPC Toolkit environment variables
This IBM Redbooks publication can be downloaded at the following website:
This publication delivers information to our Technical Computing (High Performance Computing) clients how to leverage IBM Clustering technologies (IBM System x, IBM iDataPlex, IBM Power Systems). There are many technologies that were used during this project to implement the environment which included system management software such as xCAT, and parallel file system with IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS).
The residency team looks forward to reading your comments in this blog. If you have any questions, comments, or any topics for future residency projects on this subject, please add your comments.
5 things to know about IBM Spectrum Scale:
For more information, refer to the following website:
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As far as I know, there are no plans for ARM support. However, I would recommend to send feedback to the Spectrum Scale team with the requirements so these can be evaluated.
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The residency team is pleased to announce the draft release of the IBM Redbooks publication: IBM Spectrum Scale (formerly GPFS), SG24-8254. The topics described in this publication are as follows:
The draft publication can be downloaded at the following website:
Note: The initial version of this publication was released on February 23, 2015 to support the IBM re-branding announcement of the solution.
The residency team encourages the readers to send us feedback.
Keep tune to http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/ under the Residencies Tab for upcoming IBM Power Systems residency announcements.
For additional information about IBM Spectrum Scale, 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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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:
Mi primer blog en Espanol enfocado en IBM Power Systems en especial IBM POWER8 para clientes de habla Hispana
Este primer blog es para anunciar a clientes de IBM de habla Hispana que habra un punto focal para entablar conversaciones acerca de la technologia y soluciones POWER de IBM. En los siguientes blogs, comenzare a proveer punto interesantes de la tecnologia para mantener comunicados y educados a todos nuestros clientes. Ademas este blog les ayudara a entrablar conversaciones con diversos especialistas de Power Systems y en especial compartir con contemporaneos sus puntos de vista acerca de la tecnologia.
Para poder seguir este blog, se necesita esta registrado en IBM developerWorks. Si usted conoce a alguien de sus companeros que posiblemente se beneficiara de las conversaciones de estos blog, a que se inscriba en developerWorks en la siguiente direccion: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/
Otro punto de referencia que cuenta con mucha informacion acerca de IBM Power Systems y otras tecnologias que se acoplan con POWER son IBM PowerHA SystemMirror para disponibilidad, GPFS para manejo de ficheros, y muchas mas se pueden encontrar en IBM Redbooks en la siguiente direccion:
Para informacion adicional acerca de IBM Power Systems en particular el anuncio de POWER8 y para aprender mas acerca de la nueva tecnologia destinada para muchas cosas pero en particular para analitica, refierase a la siguiente direccion:
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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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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:
Recently the ITSO announced this residency to develop how to content to building and managing Linux clusters for Cloud computing, analytics, mobile, etc. The residency information can be found at:
The goal of this residency is to show that IBM's PowerLinux cluster solutions (hardware and software) deliver significant value to clients in need of cost-effective, highly scalable, and robust solutions for BigData, analytics, Clouds, etc.
This residency project compliments the recently announced IBM Platform Computing Solutions Reference Architectures and Best Practices, SG24-8169 publication which provides how to details on how to deploy solutions for technical computing highlighting IBM Platform Computing, IBM iDataPlex, and IBM GPFS. The draft can be found at:
Thus far, you have read a few of the IBM Redbooks discussing topics with IBM Platform Computing for managing cluster solutions showing integrated solutions such as IBM System x, IBM Storage, IBM GPFS and of course IBM Platform Computing offerings. Please let me know if there are any topics you would like team to deliver content in the upcoming residency project. Your feedback is valuable.
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5 Things You Should Know About IBM HPC Central
1. Delivers information on how to start to learn about IBM High Performance Computing (HPC)
2. Contains technical documentation on IBM High Performance Computing (HPC) hardware and software solutions
3. Provides information on best practices in particular on Cluster administration best practices
4. Direct channel to provide feedback, and receive feedback on technical computing topics
5. Focuses on IBM High Performance Computing (HPC) announcements, how-to details, and special information for anyone involved with IBM Technical Computing
The High Performance Computing (HPC) Central is a joint IBM/Customer accessible and editable forum to provide improved HPC technical communications. To access this site, refer to the following website: