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LSF Software Available Simultaneously With Commercial Availability Of
Itanium-Based Systems

Platform Computing Inc, a global leader in Distributed Resource Management (DRM) solutions, announced that its LSF (Load Sharing Facility) software is poised to help accelerate the introduction of Itanium-based systems into existing compute environments. Platform’s LSF is ready to ship and will support the commercial availability of the 64-bit Intel Itanium processor architecture for systems running either the Linux operating system or Hewlett Packard Inc.'s HP-UX. Platform’s LSF will also support other platforms as they become commercially available.

“As early as last October 2000, CERN was able to demonstrate successful utilisation of a cluster of Intel® Itanium™ processor-based hardware running SIXTRACK under the control of Platform Computing’s LSF,” said Sverre Jarp, IA-64/TRILLIAN project manager for the IT Division at CERN. SIXTRACK is a multidimensional, multiparticle tracking code employed by high-energy physicists in the analysis of experimental data from particle accelerators.

LSF will play a key role as companies scale their compute operations using the Itanium processor or move from existing operating systems to Linux. LSF is cost-effective, business-critical system software not only for companies planning to use Intel’s Itanium architecture, but also for companies that need to maximise their compute power in general.

“The availability of core middleware, such as Platform’s LSF, can easily facilitate the introduction of Itanium-based systems into existing production compute environments at customer sites,” said Alain Weidmar, Platform Computing’s European Managing Director. “In addition, LSF helps ensure a quick and efficient ramp-up for companies as they move to implement the Itanium architecture without disrupting their day-to-day compute activities.”

Platform’s LSF is a set of software products that enable distributed computing by providing end-to-end access to computing resources through load sharing and dynamic job scheduling within heterogeneous computing environments. With LSF, customers realise the benefits of distributed computing through resource management features such as policy-driven scheduling, while monitoring, reporting and accounting for the processing of application workloads.

About Platform Computing

Platform Computing Corporation is a world leader in Distributed Resource Management software. Platform’s software, LSF Suite and SiteAssure Suite, enables some of the world's most creative companies to achieve outstanding results by allowing them to maximise the productivity potential of their people, computing resources and processes. Platform’s products give both technical and Internet environments unprecedented control over their mission-critical hardware, software and network resources. With Platform solutions, customers are able to bridge the worlds of networks, systems and applications and realise higher availability and performance to achieve their business objectives.

Founded in 1992, Platform has more than 1,500 customers worldwide and has strategic partnerships with Compaq, Sun, IBM, Cisco, HP and SGI. For more info on Platform, readers can visit http://www.platform.com.

For more information:

Platform Computing Corporation
Sharon White
+44 (0)1256 370516
swhite@platform.com

MCC International
Tamsin Keynton/Ian Peel
Tel: +44 (0)1962 888100
Fax: +44 (0)1962 888125
tamsin.keyton@mccint.com
ian.peel@mccint.com



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