Altair PBS Works to optimize software for Intel MIC architecture

by K C Krishnadas, TechOnline India - December 21, 2011

The integration efforts between the two companies will help ensure commercial-grade high-performance computing workload management solution in Intel's MIC products

Altair Engineering has said that PBS Works has partnered with Intel to optimize its software for future Intel Many Integrated Core (Intel MIC) products. The pact was formed to proactively ensure when the first Intel MIC product, code-named 'Knights Corner', is launched, PBS Professional will be able to seamlessly schedule jobs onto both Intel Xeon processors and Intel MIC co-processors without additional technical support.

PBS Works is a suite of on-demand cloud computing technologies that allows enterprises to maximize ROI on computing infrastructure assets.

"Altair and Intel have worked closely together for many years...We are confident that the insight and expertise we have provided to Intel on hardware and software development environments, specifically those related to optimizing workload scheduling and management in the HPC environment, will ensure Altair’s PBS Works and HyperWorks customers will be ready for Intel MIC when it launches," said Bill Nitzberg, CTO, PBS Works.

Intel has provided Altair early access to the Intel MIC software development platform, codenamed 'Knights Ferry', and early versions of the software stack. The advance integration efforts between the companies will help ensure integration of PBS Professional, Altair’s EAL3+ security certified commercial-grade high-performance computing (HPC) workload management solution.

Benefits of optimizing PBS Works for Intel MIC include:

• Access to Altair solvers, beginning with RADIOSS, enabling Intel customers to take advantage of the advances in speed, performance and capability that Intel MIC architecture can bring.

• Access to PBS Professional, allowing organizations to maximize efficient use of their computing resources and to rapidly initiate HPC jobs, improving overall productivity and return on investment.

 

"The ‘Knights Ferry’ program allows us to gain valuable insight from our partners and ensures that Intel MIC architecture has full software support for a variety of usage models when it launches. We are pleased to partner with Altair to enable PBS Works, a key ingredient for HPC workload management," said Paresh Pattani, Intel’s director of HPC and Many Core computing

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