X-ISS Cluster Communique
August 2015 Issue

CloudHPC Launch
DecisionHPC 15.1
HPC Pain Points Survey
Life Sciences Case Study
ANSYS Follow Up

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Cluster Lifecycle Management

Over the past year,HPCwire newsletter has run a series of columns by X-ISS President Deepak Khosla on Cluster Lifecycle Management. The sixth and seventh columns were recently published:

Capacity Planning and Reporting

Recycle and Rebirth

Get the full series here.


X-ISS Launches CloudHPC Service

Would your organization benefit from moving its HPC system to the cloud? If so, what level of cloud deployment is right for you? These are just a couple of the decisions that can make cloud deployment an intimidating process for any organization. That’s why X-ISS is introducing CloudHPC, a new consulting service designed to guide you step-by-step through the process of deciding which cloud scenario will work for you and then helping you navigate the deployment itself. Learn more by visiting our new CloudHPC webpage.

DecisionHPC® Release 15.1

We are pleased to announce the newest version of our DecisionHPC software. Version 15.1 gives clients greater customization capabilities, improved usability and easier access to critical performance data. The new version will be fully rolled out by mid-September and offers:

  • Job Specific Metrics

  • Multiple User Profiles
  • Emailing Batch Reports
  • New Scheduler Metrics
  • Enhanced Reports Usage
  • Improved Attribute Heat Maps
  • Slurm Collector

HPC Pain Points Survey

In the X-ISS blog this year, we’ve been discussing results of a ‘Pain Points’ survey we recently conducted with members of the HPC community related to their challenges in working with and managing HPC systems. The latest blog covers issues pertaining to level of HPC expertise within the organization, and sufficiency of internal HPC support versus size of system and number of end users. In addition we also include some metrics from the survey regarding open source applications. Click here to see how your concerns on these topics compare with your colleagues.

Meeting the Demands of Life Science Computing

The computing needs of the Life Sciences industry are so specific that Dell built an HPC environment just for that discipline. Compared to an engineering or manufacturing company, medical research entities usually run a greater number of jobs with lots of small files written to storage, and Dell customized a solution to meet this need. In addition, Life Science organizations, especially those dealing with patients, must abide by strict federal confidentiality regulations. X-ISS recently helped a diagnostic and biopharmaceutical services company deploy a Dell Life Sciences HPC system while meeting all government mandates. Read more here.

X-ISS Participates in Successful ANSYS Events

In June, X-ISS attended two ANSYS trade shows. The first was the ANSYS Automotive Simulation World Congress held on June 2nd and 3rd in Detroit where we shared a table with our partner Dell. The second was the ANSYS Convergence Conference held on June 9th in Houston where we shared a table with our partner PCPC Direct. Our message at the shows was Dell and PCPC turnkey cluster solutions for ANSYS. It was a great opportunity to meet new people and spend time with our existing customers and partners like ANSYS, NICE Software, Dell, and PCPC. The highlight of the shows was meeting the attendees and learning about their challenges and needs for turnkey Linux / Windows clusters for ANSYS.

Join us at AdaptiveCon 2015 in Houston

X-ISS has been invited to give a short presentation to the friends and colleagues of Adaptive Computing at its annual one-day event. We will be discussing how we work with Adaptive to support its HPC customers. The X-ISS talk will be just part of an impressive line-up of educational talks related to Adaptive and its Moab offering. AdaptiveCon will be held in Houston on Sept. 29. Come early for breakfast and stay for cocktails afterwards. You must register in advance at this link.

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