Dino Quintero's Redbooks Blog
This project will update previous IBM Platform Computing Redbooks publications SG24-8073 and SG24-8081 - Some areas of focus are:
• Include messaging around synergies across the IBM product portfolio and major use cases
• Reflect the new IBM Platform Computing cloud service as part of the Platform Symphony and LSF messaging
• Reflect significant new LSF add-ons (Hadoop Connector, MapReduce Accelerator, Dynamic Cluster etc ..)
• Reflect significant new Platform Symphony add-ons (Co-processor harvesting add-on, planned application service controller add-on)
• Cover support for updated Intel and Power platforms
In addition to updating the IBM Platform Computing publications, the residency team will explore, document, and create content with the following topics:
IBM Platform Computing Big Data Redbooks updates ====> publication SG24-8169 - Some areas of focus are:
o GPFS as a shared file system for Big Data environments
o Explanation of IBM Platform Symphony Map Reduce framework
o Educate on the various ways that customers can run Hadoop in a Big Data environment
o Adaptive MapReduce in BigInsights
o Open-source Hadoop on Symphony AE
o Third-party Hadoop distros on Symphony
o New free Hadoop connector for LSF
o New MapReduce Accelerator for LSF
For additional information including the link to the nomination form, refer to the following 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:
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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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/
Here are ten ways that Platform Computing software can help you do more with less:
For more details on how IBM Platform Computing software can help you reduce costs, refer to the blog by Gord Sissons on this topic at:
IBM Platform Computing Cloud Service offers:
To understand more about this offering and its capabilities, refer to the IBM Platform Computing Cloud Service narrated demonstration by Gord Sissons at:
For more details on IBM Platform Computing Cloud Service, follow the blog by Gord Sissons (Tapping the cloud with IBM Platform Computing) at:
For additional information on IBM Platform Computing Cloud Service and many other solutions, refer to the following website:
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.
IBM Platform HPC simplifies the application integration process so that users can focus on their work instead of managing a cluster. IBM Platform HPC for System x delivers the following key benefits:
1. Faster time to cluster readiness
2. Reduced infrastructure and management costs
3. Optimal resource usage
4. Improved user and administrator productivity
5. High availability of the cluster to minimize downtime and reduce operational and productivity loss
6. Improved cluster provisioning through embedded xCAT technology
7. Shorter time to results
For additional information, refer to http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/technicalcomputing/platformcomputing/products/hpc/index.html
5 Things You Should Know about IBM Platform HPC:
1. IBM Platform HPC is an easy to use, comprehensive cluster management software for technical computing clusters
2. IBM Platform HPC runs on a variety of hardware and operating environments
3. IBM Platform HPC helps improve application performance by intelligently scheduling resources based on workload characteristics
4. IBM Platform HPC for System x V4.1.1 is compatible with most cluster technologies. Compatibility is limited by the operating systems supported.
5. IBM GPFS can also be deployed with IBM Platform HPC to deliver improved file system performance for technical computing applications running on distributed parallel file systems
For more detailed information on IBM Platform Computing solutions including IBM Platform HPC, refer to:
In response to: Residency Announcement: PW-3001-R01 Technical Computing CloudsThe 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:
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In response to: Residency Announcement: PW-3001-R01 Technical Computing CloudsWould you like to know what Technical Computing Clouds is about? We encourage you to listen to the video
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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
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.
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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This residency kicks off on May 6, 2013. The objective of this project is to highlight IBM Technical Computing Solutions as a flexible infrastructure for clients looking to reduce capital expenditure, reduce operational expenditures, energy optimization of resources, re-use the infrastructure, and get the most of their current and future hardware purchases to continue developing their business. Technical Computing is not just for High Performance Computing (HPC) clients, but for commercial clients who want to use the advantages of technical computing, for example, to analyze large quantity of data in their enterprise.
The residency team encourages you provide any comments on your opinion about IBM Technical Computing, any areas you might think can be studied during the residency, or any topic you would like to discuss with the team.
Keep an eye on this blog as the residency team continues to explore this area and the benefits IBM Technical Computing brings to the industry.