the first on-demand computing software environment that tackles the challenges of multi-core processor licensing. In response to industry changes, Altair’s innovative and patented software licensing model for PBS ProfessionalTM allows users to only pay for what they use, thus powering a pure on-demand computing environment.
Other changes include flexible software licenses that can float across enterprise computing resources, even when the enterprise is geographically distributed. The new licensing model is being released in conjunction with PBS Professional 9.0.
I can tell you as an HPC service provider that the cost of software is skyrocketing as companies simply multiply their old per-CPU license costs by 4,000 and 8,000 cores in today’s high end supercomputers. I’m not sure this model is the answer, but I’m glad to see someone is working on it.
Platform revs Symphony, adds support for up to 4k processors
Platform released news this week about the lastest update to its Symphony platform for the financial services industry. Symphony 3.1 now supports up to 4,000 processors per application on grids of up to 20,000 processors. This release doubles the max processor count applications can support.
According to the Symphony product page:
Platform Symphony enables you to solve mission critical pricing and risk problems in real time, delivering unsurpassed performance and competitive advantage. Built on Platform EGO, Symphony allows you to build, test, grid-enable, and manage application services on a highly fault-tolerant, shared, scaled-out infrastructure.
Celoxica puts econ spin on FPGA acceleration
Forbes.com’s Business Wire carried a story about Celoxica this week, an FPGA-based accelerated computing solutions manufacturer. What’s interesting about the story is the financial analysis spin Celoxica is putting on their offerings, indicating that they are targeting the enterprise HPC market (the fastest growing part of the HPC market):
Celoxica (LSE:CXA) presented results of an oil-exploration algorithm customer benchmark, achieving 28x performance improvement on a forward wave migration algorithm. In addition, Celoxica presented a financial analysis that showed a consistent 10x return on capital invested on FPGA-enabled servers, and a 50% increase in return on investment by adding one FPGA acceleration card to each server.
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