October 11, 2011

IBM is buying parallelization expert Platform Computing

IBM is acquiring Platform Computing, a company with which I had one briefing, last August. Quick background includes: 

Unfortunately, I’m not precisely clear as to how tied this offering is to Hadoop, but using it with Hadoop is at least the base case. But Platform Computing did say:

Platform Computing said that key technical benefits of this offering included:

This conflation of scientific, commercial analytic, streaming, and MapReduce is right in IBM’s philosophical wheelhouse. I base that comment on, among other factors:

The IBM acquisition probably obviates a lot of Platform Computing’s previous business comments, but at the time they included:

*1 terabyte or less per node is probably the lowest data-per-node figure I’ve heard for anything Hadoop-like — even below Hadapt, and well below what Cloudera and Hortonworks usually see.


5 Responses to “IBM is buying parallelization expert Platform Computing”

  1. Paul Kent on October 11th, 2011 5:20 pm

    Hi Curt; Symphony is not related to SAS’s HPA.

    We do use (and enjoy) the LSF and related components to enable the SAS Grid Manager strategy where we use grid/divide-and-conquer techniques at the SAS 4GL level.

    SAS HPA is where we use Massively Parallel coding and an MPI connection fabric to use divide-and-conquer techniques in the underlying implementation of the 4GL components.


  2. Curt Monash on October 11th, 2011 5:24 pm

    Thanks for the clarification, Paul!

    Except … I’m unclear on what “LSF” stands for. 🙂

  3. Paul Kent on October 11th, 2011 8:05 pm

    LSF is another of the products in the Platform Portfolio. http://www.platform.com/workload-management

    LSF is your more traditional grid workload management with queues and resources and priority based scheduling (and platform has pretty nice data-aware scheduling too)

    Symphony I’m not so familiar with. I think its for scheduling and workload-management of more finer-grained units of work.

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  5. William Lu on October 11th, 2011 9:57 pm

    Symphony is scheduler + middleware for SOA applications. It has two levels of scheduling functions: (1) within application: schedules messages from client to servers (2) among applications: scheduling services.

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