This year’s GPU Technology Conference, which took place in San Jose, California has now come to a close.
If you did not have the opportunity to attend the show and visit the IBM Booth, you will have missed the live demo of showcasing the GPU scheduling, management and moni-toring capabilities provided by IBM Platform HPC V3.2 running on GPU enabled IBM System x hardware .
The cluster consisted of two IBM System x iDataplex dx360 M4 compute nodes, one of which was equipped with two NVIDIA Tesla K20 series GPUs. The environment was provisioned with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 using IBM Platform HPC V3.2. As part of the node provisioning process, the GPU scheduling and monitoring components are automatically enabled.
So what does this all mean to users and administrators who are looking for an all in one software product to manage their technical computing infrastructure?
Because of their processing power and relatively low cost,GPUs are often chosen to augment the capabilities of a technical computing cluster. Therefore, it’s important that the software used to manage the technical computing infrastructure integrate the GPUs with as little effort as possible, while making the best use of the GPU’s tremendous processing speed.
IBM Platform HPC V3.2 provides all of the following capabilities as a standard offering:,
- Rapidly setup and deploy a cluster, including GPU software such as NVIDIA CUDA.
- Web-based interface for monitoring of cluster nodes and GPU specific details such as GPU temperature, GPU ECC errors, etc.
- Sophisticated workload scheduling, which identifies GPUs and schedules GPU suitable workloads.
- Customizable web-based job submission templates for simplified application integra-tion and job submission to GPUs.
- Ability to configure alerts and actions against GPU metrics.
With IBM Platform HPC, cluster management is simplified and infrastructure utilization increases. As a result, technical computing customers benefit from increased productivity and reduced total cost of ownership for their IT infrastructure investment.