DOD computing centers get management app

DOD computing centers get management app

The Defense Department's High-Performance Computing Modernization Program has inked a deal with Platform Computing Inc. to provide a common job management environment for the program's largest computing centers.

Standardizing on one scheduling tool for DOD's scientific computers will go a long way toward creating a common user environment for the centers, program director Cray J. Henry said yesterday.

'Our customers will not have to suffer through learning five or six different scheduling systems,' Henry said.

Platform LSF HPC'the Markham, Ontario, company's workload management application for supercomputers and computing clusters'will handle the scheduling of roughly 10,000 nodes on systems from IBM Corp., SGI, Cray Inc. of Seattle and various Linux vendors, said Rene Copeland, a Platform vice president and federal general manager.

New analysis and reporting features in the application will help gather utilization data, which the modernization program has largely been doing by hand, Copeland said.

Two of the DOD modernization program's four major shared resource centers, the Naval Oceanographic Office and the Army Engineer R&D Center, are located in Mississippi. The other two major centers are at the Army Research Laboratory in Aberdeen, Md., and the Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

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