By Jerry Gutierrez, Global HPC Solution Leader, Bluemix Infrastructure (SoftLayer), IBM Cloud & Tyler Smith, Head of Partnerships, Rescale

IBM Bluemix offers our customers an impressive array of leading high-performance computing (HPC) infrastructure, including bare metal servers and the latest GPUs, on an hourly basis to customers all over the world. But as HPC technology gets more advanced it takes more knowledge to leverage effectively, and we recognize that many times the people who need HPC aren’t experts in HPC; they’re experts in something else. They’re data scientists, automotive and aerospace manufacturers, and bioinformaticians. With challenging, high-stakes problems to solve, the intricacies of HPC implementation is just a hurdle to overcome on their quests.

Rescale’s web-based platform for running HPC on the cloud delivers the performance these engineers and scientists need in a turnkey, user-friendly experience. Rescale’s ScaleX platform gives users control over their data, hardware, and software while automating the complex tasks of HPC configuration and optimization. Running on IBM Bluemix infrastructure, Rescale makes sophisticated compute capabilities accessible to the users who need it most.

Here are just a few ways that Rescale simplifies HPC for all those trailblazers, helping put IBM Bluemix’s world-class HPC infrastructure network to work curing cancer, finding life on Mars, and predicting the future:

  1. Automated cluster configuration
    Building out your HPC cluster each time you want to run a job can be time-consuming and complicated, especially for the HPC novice. Doing hours of legwork just to get your computations started can undermine the value of being able to burst to the cloud exactly when you need to making the user’s task as simple and quick as choosing their hardware and cluster size and clicking “Submit.” It just takes a few clicks to spin up a cluster.
  2. Broad portfolio of pre-tuned and optimized software applications
    When a customer comes to IBM Bluemix, they install their own software based on their specific needs. Then they run benchmarks and tune their software to run on IBM Bluemix infrastructure. Again, this takes wizard-level HPC knowledge to do, and if you skip this step your performance will degrade or your problem might not even be solvable in the cloud. Rescale has a team of HPC, CAE, and deep learning experts that have automated and productized the tuning and optimization process for That saves a lot of time for our shared customers, and ensures they effortlessly get the maximum performance out of our hardware. Plus, Rescale offers hourly on-demand licenses, cloud license-hosting, and license proxy tooling to simplify the tangle of cloud licensing models software users must navigate if they want to leverage the cloud.
  3. Cloud management features
    Using the cloud to infinitely scale out your computations is game-changing, but it presents its own set of challenges at enterprise scale. Rescale’s has an administrative portal for IT teams to manage budgets and permissions for large, multi-disciplinary teams and projects. It also integrates easily into existing private infrastructure hardware and schedulers for seamless hybrid cloud deployment. Collaboration features allow users to share jobs with their colleagues in real-time, without having to download or transfer large files. These features and others give enterprise employees the raw power of HPC while ensuring the organization is productive, cost-effective, and secure.

In short, Rescale’s synergies with IBM Bluemix open the doors to world-class HPC, increase utilization of our infrastructure, and make them a valued partner. We’ve got some big stuff in the pipeline for 2017 and beyond, and we’re excited to bring them to market with Rescale at our side.

To learn more, watch Rescale’s Head of Partnerships, Tyler Smith, present on “How to Leverage New HPC and AI Capabilities Via the IBM Cloud” at IBM InterConnect on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 11:30 am PDT in Mandalay Bay North, Level 0, South Pacific D. Click here for more information.

See this post on the IBM Bluemix blog.

This article was written by Tyler Smith.

San Francisco, CA — Rescale and EDEM are pleased to announce that the EDEM GPU solver engine is now available on Rescale’s ScaleX platform, a scalable, on-demand cloud platform for high-performance computing. The GPU solver, which was a highlight of the latest release of EDEM, enables performance increases from 2x to 10x compared to single-node, CPU-only runs.

EDEM offers Discrete Element Method (DEM) simulation software for virtual testing of equipment that processes bulk solid materials in the mining, construction, and other industrial sectors. EDEM software has been available on Rescale’s ScaleX platform since July 2016. Richard LaRoche, CEO of EDEM commented: “The introduction of the EDEM GPU solver has made a key impact on our customers’ productivity by enabling them to run larger simulations faster. Our partnership with Rescale means more users will be able to harness the power of the EDEM engine by accessing the market’s latest GPUs through Rescale’s cloud platform.”

The addition of an integrated GPU solver to Rescale gives users shorter time-to-answer and enables a deeper impact on design innovation. To Rescale, the addition of EDEM’s GPU solver also signals a strengthening partnership. “Rescale’s GPUs are the cutting edge of compute hardware, and EDEM is ahead of the curve in optimizing their software to leverage GPU capabilities. We are proud to be their partner of choice to bring this forward-thinking simulation solution to the cloud, bringing HPC within easy reach of engineers everywhere,” said Rescale CEO Joris Poort.

About EDEM
EDEM is the market-leading Discrete Element Method (DEM) software for bulk material simulation. EDEM software is used for ‘virtual testing’ of equipment that handles or processes bulk materials in the manufacturing of mining, construction, off-highway and agricultural machinery, as well as in the mining and process industries. Blue-chip companies around the world use EDEM to optimize equipment design, increase productivity, reduce costs of operations, shorten product development cycles and drive product innovation. In addition EDEM is used for research at over 200 academic institutions worldwide. For more information visit: www.edemsimulation.com.

About Rescale
Rescale is the global leader for high-performance computing simulations and deep learning in the cloud. Trusted by the Global Fortune 500, Rescale empowers the world’s top scientists and engineers to develop the most innovative new products and perform groundbreaking research and development faster and at lower cost. Rescale’s ScaleX platform transforms traditional fixed IT resources into flexible hybrid, private, and public cloud resources—built on the largest and most powerful high-performance computing network in the world. For more information on Rescale’s ScaleX platform, visit www.rescale.com.

Contact:
Mika Pegors
Rescale
1-855-RESCALE
mika@rescale.com

This article was written by Rescale.