COMSOL is Now Intel® Cluster Ready
Pär Persson Mattsson October 3, 2013
The future of high performance computing (HPC) is in clusters and parallel computing. The last single processor computers on the TOP500 list disappeared in 1997 — more than 15 years ago. Clusters allow us to compute larger and more detailed models faster than ever before, but taking the step into the world of HPC can be a challenge. A lot of time, money, and research must be invested when building a cluster from scratch. What kind of hardware should the cluster have? What type of network? The list of things to consider can be very long, and when all these questions are settled and the cluster is set up, there is the question of updates, troubleshooting, and general maintenance. For newcomers to HPC, this step might feel like a large hurdle to overcome, leading them to miss out on the advantages that more computing power offers. Now consider the Intel® Cluster Ready program.
About the Intel® Cluster Ready Program
Part of the reason why Intel created the Intel® Cluster Ready (ICR) program is to help companies take the leap into HPC and to simplify the purchase and deployment of HPC clusters. The program specifies a minimum requirement of what the cluster must be able to do; for example, every ICR cluster needs a network interface of some kind, as well as an installation of the Intel® MPI. In short, the ICR hardware certification guarantees that a certain hardware setup is indeed a cluster, with all the components needed to allow for distributed computing. No matter what hardware vendor we choose to buy our cluster from, Intel® Cluster Ready guarantees that the basic functionality is present.
COMSOL Multiphysics® is Certified Intel® Cluster Ready
Even though it is nice to have a cluster in the office, it is an unsound investment if you don’t have a program to run on it. We should always remember that it is the user, such as the scientist or engineer, that converts the raw computational power into something really meaningful, via the applications he or she brings to the cluster.
This leads us to the second part of the Intel® Cluster Ready program: the software certification. In our report from the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) 2013, we briefly mentioned that the COMSOL Multiphysics software is now Intel® Cluster Ready certified. This means that no matter what ICR certified cluster you consider, you know that COMSOL Multiphysics® will be able to run on it. This simplifies things even more for companies where the computing power in a normal desktop computer isn’t quite enough to compute models in the resolution that their employees would like to. You just need to find what Intel® Cluster Ready cluster you want to buy, get it delivered, install COMSOL Multiphysics on it — and you are good to go.
If you want to know more about the Intel® Cluster Ready program, check out the Intel website. For German users of COMSOL Multiphysics®, a joint project between COMSOL and Fujitsu will be of particular interest. Together, we will bring you Ready-To-Go+ (RTG+), which offers Intel® Cluster Ready clusters with COMSOL Multiphysics running on them, out-of-the-box. Keep an eye out for more on that in a future blog entry.
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