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June 04, 2010

vPDC Feature: Adaptive Computing Enhances Web Portal for Deploying HPC as a Service

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

Adaptive Computing, a provider of intelligent automation software for high performance computing or "HPC," data center and cloud environments, announced the new release of Moab Viewpoint, a next-generation self-service Web portal.
According to company officials, Moab Adaptive Computing Suitedelivers infrastructure intelligence that enables data center and private and public cloud environments to adapt to changing business needs in real time.
The company's infrastructure intelligence solutions, powered by Moab, deliver policy-based governance, allowing customers to consolidate and virtualize resources, allocate and manage applications, optimize service levels and reduce operational costs, the company said.
In April the company announced Moab Viewpoint 1.0, a Web portal targeting enterprise customers that require an ideal framework for managing virtual private clouds and its server infrastructure. 
The new version, Moab Viewpoint 1.1, is now available for HPC users and addresses the specific requirements of HPC workloads. Moab Viewpoint 1.2 delivers enhanced HPC cloud administration capabilities and will be available in August, company officials said.
These new versions of Moab Viewpoint enable organizations to provide applications and resources as services for compute-intensive environments, and significantly reduce the burdensome requirement of understanding exactly how applications interact with the underlying system architecture.
The new capabilities extend Moab Viewpoint's powerful capabilities at private cloud creation and management from enterprise data centers to HPC customers and environments. 
Moab Viewpoint leverages the capabilities of Moab Cluster Suite and Moab Adaptive HPC Suite to enable organizations running the world's leading supercomputers to implement HPC as a Service or "HPCaaS" and workload-driven HPC cloud architectures.
New Moab Viewpoint features new "gadgets" for Moab Viewpoint's pluggable architecture, such as "My Workload," and provide an intuitive interface for users to manage HPC jobs, services and resources.
It also features enhanced administration capabilities to enable the management of "troubled workloads" that have been blocked by policy violations, system failures or other issues.
Another feature, the cloud management functionality, enables users and administrators to implement HPC cloud architectures and services, and submit and manage HPC workloads including job submission, cancelling and re-queuing capabilities.
The new service also includes policy management functions to ensure that cloud service level agreements are met. Flexible billing support allows organizations to customize accounting and cost allocation systems. Additionally, Moab Viewpoint features new reporting, charting and graphing tools that provide users and service managers with information needed to optimize use and delivery of services.
Michael Jackson, chief operating officer and president of Adaptive Computing, said, "Moab Viewpoint speeds the delivery of vital new services for our customers and adds portal-based management capabilities to their existing HPC environments."
In April, Adaptive Computing announced that South Africa's Centre for High Performance Computing, a publicly funded computing facility, has chosen the Moab Adaptive HPC Suite as its intelligent automation software solution.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Erin Harrison

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