Integration With Leading HPC Workload Schedulers, Increased Support for nVidia GPUs, OFED 1.5.3, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 Highlight Latest InfiniBand Fabric Suite Release
ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Jun 17, 2011 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- Leveraging its unique, system-level understanding of high performance computing (HPC) communications fabrics, QLogic (Nasdaq:QLGC) has extended its software capabilities with InfiniBand(R) Fabric Suite (IFS) 7.0. The latest version of QLogic's fabric management software package enables users to optimize fabric performance and communications efficiency, while minimizing management costs, for HPC clusters of any size.
A key, new feature of the release is the integration of vFabric QoS (Quality of Service) with workflow schedulers from Adaptive Computing and Platform Computing into IFS 7.0, making it possible for HPC users to set a priority and QoS level as the message passing interface (MPI) application is being scheduled. This reduces management overhead, simplifies cluster scheduling, and optimizes use of the fabric.
"IDC end-user studies and research have consistently shown that InfiniBand-based systems are the fasting growing in HPC today. Integrating vFabrics with high performing job schedulers is another step forward for QLogic's IFS," said Steve Conway, Research Vice President at IDC. "This integration joins other key features such as adaptive and dispersive routing to make IFS 7.0 stronger in the InfiniBand fabric management space."
IFS 7.0 incorporates the following new features:
-- Integration with resource management and/or workload scheduling software
-- the Adaptive Moab scheduler (from Adaptive Computing) and Platform
Cluster Manager and LSF scheduler (from Platform Computing) play a
critical role in HPC cluster management. Until recently, these cluster
job schedulers have been independent from InfiniBand fabric management.
Working closely with Adaptive Computing and Platform Computing, QLogic
has integrated the QoS capabilities of vFabrics, a core component of
InfiniBand Fabric Suite 7, with the job schedulers, to optimize the
launching of MPI applications within a QoS priority level. QLogic has
extended the integration of cluster and fabric management by allowing
QLogic IFS 7.0 Fast Fabric management tools to be directly called from
Platform's console management tool.
-- Enhanced Fabric Viewer -- an enhanced Fabric Viewer enables users to
rapidly identify and correct fabric errors, signal integrity issues and
-- Broadening industry support -- IFS 7.0 supports newer versions of
Performance Scaled Messaging (PSM) that is now included with OpenFabric
Enterprise Distribution starting with version 1.5.3. PSM is able to take
advantage of QLogic's TrueScale IFS pipelined data transfer -- enhanced
feature which is designed specifically to optimize MPI communications
-- Fabric Dashboard -- part of the Fabric Viewer, the Fabric Dashboard is
an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) that supports statistical
data in (near) real time.
-- Fabric deployment -- IFS 7.0 increases support for comprehensive stress
tests of links and cables to make it faster and easier to bring up
-- Improved static routing balance -- IFS 7.0 includes a new algorithm that
significantly improves static routing balance for 'all-to-all'
communications for large fabrics.
-- New Congestion Control Algorithm -- the Congestion Control Algorithm
delivers a 25 percent throughput improvement over previous IFS
-- Enhanced performance -- IFS 7.0 features improvements for enhanced file
system performance with Lustre and GPFS as well as industry-leading
performance for high core count processors, such as AMD Opteron
Magny-Cours and Interlagos.
-- Broad software support -- As a proven commercial-grade suite of tools
designed to make HPC solutions easier to install and manage, IFS 7.0
supports a comprehensive software ecosystem, including:
-- Continued support for OpenFabrics Enterprise Edition version 1.5.3
-- New support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux versions 6.1 and 5.6
-- Expanded support for nvidia GPU-accelerated clusters and applications
through ongoing support for NVIDIA GPUDirect, and expanded support for
CUDA versions 3 and 4.
-- Finally, IFS 7 includes support for the most widely used HPC workload
management tools -- from Platform Computing's Platform Cluster Manager
and the Adaptive HPC Suite from Adaptive Computing, to open source ROCKS
Rolls software kits.
This unique combination of features allows HPC customers to obtain maximum performance and efficiency from their cluster investments while simplifying management.
"A continued focus for QLogic is to simplify and improve the management of InfiniBand environments," said Joe Yaworski, director of HPC product and solution marketing at QLogic. "By automating workflow scheduling and supporting virtually every major ecosystem partner, IFS 7.0 delivers the tools that network managers need to get the most out of their InfiniBand fabric and compute cluster investments."
QLogic (Nasdaq:QLGC) is a global leader and technology innovator in high performance networking, including adapters, switches and ASICs. Leading OEMs and channel partners worldwide rely on QLogic products for their data, storage and server networking solutions. For more information, visit www.qlogic.com.
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