Altair's PBS Works to Power HPC Service at University of Nottingham
TROY, Michigan, Jan. 29, 2013
-- Leading UK University Selects PBS Professional, Compute Manager, and PBS
Analytics to Expand Campus-wide Computing Capabilities Based on Minerva
TROY, Michigan, Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Altair , a leading global
provider of simulation technology and engineering services, today announced
the University of Nottingham, one of the United Kingdom's top 10 universities,
has selected Altair's PBS Works suite to expand the capabilities of its
campus-wide high-performance computing (HPC) service based on Minerva, the
university's latest generation HPC cluster.
Working in partnership with ClusterVision, Altair will provide PBS
Professional, Compute Manager and PBS Analytics to transform the 45 Tflop
cluster into a robust and easily usable HPC service for the cluster's hundreds
of users. Altair was chosen over competitors because of its portal offerings,
strong feature set and highly customizable framework. The company's proven
technology leadership and flexible approach were also key factors in the
"Altair's willingness to engage with us and ensure all our requirements were
met was as important in our selection process as the capability of the
software," said Colin Bannister, HPC service manager for IT services at the
University of Nottingham. "These combined factors gave us the confidence we
needed to select the ClusterVision-Altair solution for our HPC computing
"Altair is the right partner with the right solution for our users at the
University of Nottingham," said Christopher Huggins, ClusterVision commercial
director. "Altair offers a one-stop shop for all the products our customers
need, from workload management to analytics. They also bring years of
expertise in HPC and a longstanding track record of successful
implementations, so we know we can rely on them as a partner and provider."
The university's HPC service is a vital tool for an increasing number of
researchers who need easy access to substantial computing resources.
Information from academic staff indicates that projects using the HPC service
have been worth approximately £27 million in grant income to the university
since 2007. The service is available to any staff member or researcher with
the need for compute resources substantially greater than a standard PC.
Altair's PBS Professional will manage workload on the Minerva system, a
cluster composed of 170 Dell PowerEdge Server nodes running the latest Intel
Xeon E5 Sandy Bridge processors and six additional GPU accelerated nodes. A
market-leading HPC workload management product, PBS Professional has been
implemented in thousands of customer sites for more than 20 years and is
supported by experts in more than 40 Altair offices in 18 countries worldwide.
"Altair is an important partner for Dell in the high-performance computing
space, collaborating successfully on a number of projects including the
Minerva cluster," said Bart Mellenbergh, director of HPC solutions in EMEA at
Dell. "Customers rely on Dell to provide the highest quality HPC systems that
are also highly usable. Offering proven, reliable workload management
technology like PBS Professional is essential to ensuring our customers get
the greatest value from their Dell HPC systems."
Altair also will provide Compute Manager, a reliable and affordable Web-based
job submission and management portal. Coupled with PBS Professional, Compute
Manager will allow the university's HPC service users to more easily submit
jobs to Minerva and manage remote files, increasing productivity and providing
the ability to collaborate more easily.
As part of the solution, Altair also will deliver PBS Analytics for
utilization tracking and reporting. PBS Analytics is a graphical Web-based
accounting, analytics and reporting solution that allows historical usage data
to be queried with respect to jobs, applications, users, projects, groups and
many other entities. The easy-to-use portal will provide university HPC
service administrators with advanced usage analysis for the Minerva cluster to
support data-driven planning and decision-making.
Minerva officially went into service in January 2013 as part of the University
of Nottingham's annual HPC Conference. More details about the cluster system
can be found at: http://www.clustervision.com/content/24-january-2013
"We are honored to have this important role in the implementation of
University of Nottingham's HPC service and to be working with such a
prestigious team of high-quality partners," said Bill Nitzberg, chief
technology officer for PBS Works at Altair. "With PBS Works, Minerva users
have easy access to the job submission and analytics capabilities they need,
so they can spend less time navigating the system and more time contributing
to the university's world-class research."
About PBS Works PBS Works™, Altair's suite of on-demand cloud computing
technologies, allows enterprises to maximize ROI on existing infrastructure
assets. PBS Works is the most widely implemented software environment for
managing grid, cloud and cluster computing resources worldwide. Its flagship
product, PBS Professional®, allows enterprises to easily share distributed
computing resources across geographic boundaries. With additional tools for
portal-based submission, analytics and data management, the PBS Works suite is
a comprehensive solution for optimizing HPC environments. Leveraging a
revolutionary "pay-for-use" unit-based business model, PBS Works delivers
increased value and flexibility over conventional software-licensing models.
Visit www.pbsworks.com to learn more about how PBS Works makes
high-performance computing faster, smarter and more productive.
About Altair Altair empowers client innovation and decision-making through
technology that optimizes the analysis, management and visualization of
business and engineering information. Privately held, with more than 1,500
employees, Altair has offices throughout North America, South America, Europe
and Asia/Pacific. With a 27-year track record for high-end software and
consulting services for engineering, high-performance computing and enterprise
analytics, Altair consistently delivers a competitive advantage to customers
in a broad range of industries. To learn more, visit www.altair.com and
Contact: Deana Alicea, Airfoil for Altair, +1-248-304-1457,
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