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Production Grid Unites Five Shared Resource Centres

Platform Computing Corporation, a global leader in Distributed Resource Management (DRM), and the US Department of Defence (DoD) High Performance Computing Modernisation Program (HPCMP) announced today that they have succeeded in creating a secure Internet computing grid that connects five DoD shared resource centres. The first phase of the production grid project will ultimately connect nine DoD locations across the United States. In total, the nine sites will form a computational grid of nearly 600 processors.

The five initial sites using the production grid are Space & Missile Defence Command in Alabama, Tank-Automotive Research, Development & Engineering Centre in Michigan, Naval Research Laboratory in Washington D.C., Naval Oceanographic Office in Mississippi and White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

The production grid is founded on Platform’s LSF MultiCluster, which the HPCMP selected as the basis for its meta-queuing initiative. LSF MultiCluster is software that controls all computing resources and coordinates jobs across multiple geographic locations.


“Our production grid is moving forward because of the features and capabilities of LSF MultiCluster. It’s a fundamentally new and better way to deliver high performance computing services to our researchers and engineers through a uniform queuing environment,” said William Reidy, a contractor supporting the HPCMP. “After just a few months, we’re seeing dramatically increased accessibility and will ultimately be able to provide 1.1 million supercomputer processor hours per year. Our hardware and software utilisation is more effective, and we are able to recover cycles that would otherwise go unused.”

The production grid also utilises Platform FTA (File Transfer Agent) to ensure reliability when transferring files between locations. Platform’s FTA and LSF both operate in heterogeneous environments, which is a critical aspect of production grids.

“Considering the time and cost required to build a multi-teraflop computing infrastructure, as well as the increasing complexity of research and engineering tasks, it’s vital that all compute resources be fully utilised,” said Paul Hill, Vice President, Business Development and Marketing of Platform Computing. “By building an Internet computing grid with LSF MultiCluster, HPCMP can effectively harness all compute resources and quickly improve productivity.”

About the DoD HPCMP

The High Performance Computing Modernisation Program delivers world-class commercial, high-end, high-performance computational capability to the Department of Defence and facilitates the rapid application of advanced technology into superior war fighting capabilities. With 21 centres located in 14 states and the District of Columbia, the program is creating a pervasive culture among DoD’s scientists and engineers where they routinely use advanced computational environments to address the DoD’s most complex and challenging problems. More information on the DoD HPCMP can be found on line at http://www.hpcmo.hpc.mil/


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 information, please visit http://www.platform.com


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

MCC International
Richard Bennett/Tamsin Keynton
Tel: +44 (0)1962 888100
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Richard.bennett@mccint.com
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