HPE Prepares Customers for Success with the HPC Software Portfolio

By Leslie Tung, HPC Software Product Planner, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

September 18, 2017

High performance computing (HPC) software is key to harnessing the full power of HPC environments. Development and management tools enable IT departments to streamline installation and maintenance of their systems as well as create, optimize, and run their HPC applications. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is committed to delivering HPC software solutions to help customers get the most out of their HPC systems.

HPC SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS FOR ALL HPC NEEDS

According to Hyperion Research, software continues to be the number one roadblock to the adoption of HPC—and developing, installing, and running an HPC environment comes with challenges:

  • Composing a working HPC software environment can be difficult, time-consuming, and requires experts. The complexity of these environments can be challenging for users with limited knowledge of hardware architecture, parallel computing requirements, and more.
  • To streamline IT operations, downtime must be minimal. Maintaining large clusters with multiple users is critical to enhancing business productivity and performance. System administrators need to focus their resources on operational efficiency, instead of worrying about how introducing a development tool might impact their environment.
  • Time to solution. Real-time insight is key to executing tasks quickly and effectively. Businesses need a software environment that will maximize application performance, scale workloads, and minimize overhead.

HPE equips customers to overcome these obstacles, offering them HPE-engineered solutions with the HPE Performance Software Suite as well as best-of-breed 3rd party solutions to best fit their needs. All of our software solutions are validated, integrated, and performance-optimized to run on all HPE servers so that users can effectively leverage their hardware investment.

THE NEXT-GENERATION HPC SOFTWARE PORTFOLIO

HPE created the HPE HPC software portfolio based on four guiding principles: security/resiliency, ease of use, performance and scalability.

HPE strives to improve the security and resiliency of its solutions in order to significantly reduce operational inefficiencies and prevent unauthorized access to the system. Our leading-edge solutions ensure increased security and hardware resiliency, which are crucial to ensuring that HPC deployments are up and running without unscheduled downtime.

Prioritizing ease of use allows system administrators to easily manage complex HPC cluster systems—not just today but as they grow. HPE system management tools are tailored to further enhance productivity and performance, and empower customers to control their HPE IT environment. Our flagship system management tools are expressly designed for this purpose: HPE Insight Cluster Management Utility helps users provision, monitor, and manage HPE ProLiant and HPE Apollo clusters scaling to thousands of nodes, with a flexible and efficient user interface. Similarly, the HPE SGI Management Suite is an all-in-one management solution for bare-metal provisioning, system health management, and innovative power optimization of HPE SGI 8600 and select HPE Apollo 10 series systems. Ease of use is important for end users. That is why HPE offers leading workload schedulers from partners, allowing customers to easily run their jobs and manage system resources such as CPUs, memory, and power.

Scalability is another critical component of HPE’s strategy. HPE software innovations currently support installation of over 11,000 nodes (or 243,080 cores and counting) with our system management and MPI suites. We are now moving toward our next checkpoint of 100,000 nodes, preparing our software solutions to support exascale systems in near future.

Finally, optimal application performance is driving a valuable competitive edge to HPC customers. That is why HPE has just introduced HPE Performance Software – Message Passing Interface (HPE MPI) which allows users to develop high performance MPI applications with the MPI 3.1 standards compliant library as well as tools to profile and fine-tune applications for faster performance and reduced time to discovery. Furthermore, our experienced HPC applications engineering team is committed to helping customers optimize and benchmark their applications and workloads.

THE BENEFITS OF HPE HPC SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS

HPE high performance software solutions enable customers to deploy and operate their systems more efficiently. These advancements promise to increase IT productivity, boost application performance, and more, enabling customers to dramatically accelerate time to insight and gain competitive advantage.

For more about these exciting innovations and to learn about how our HPC software solutions can improve your business, check out this video on the HPE HPC software portfolio. I also invite you to follow me on Twitter at @TungHPE and HPE at @HPE_HPC for the latest news and updates.

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