SLES 12 High Performance Computing Module for ARM based systems is now available

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The High-Performance Computing Module (HPC Module) for SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLES) is now available for 64-bit ARM (AArch64) systems.

My colleague, Kai Dupke, stated in his blog Making HPC Adoption Easier that the goal of providing a select set of packages in the HPC Module instead of in the base SLES operating system is to more quickly respond to the rapidly evolving packages in the upstream community.

The HPC community is undergoing a rapid transformation to faster innovation and easier to install tools because of the open collaboration provided by the OpenHPC project. SUSE is a founding member of the OpenHPC community and has worked with OpenHPC and our partners to support OpenHPC for X86-64 and ARM-processor based systems.

In addition to traditional, scientific computing workloads, we are seeing many companies creating HPC environments for data analytics and other business-focused workloads. These companies do not have an extensive team to maintain those environments and have a need for commercial support for their HPC software.

This is where SUSE Linux Enterprise High Performance Computing Module can help. The packages included in the HPC Module are fully supported by SUSE under the base SUSE Linux Enterprise subscription.

Currently, the SLES 12 HPC Module includes these packages:

  • conman                      – 0.2.7
  • cpuid                           – 20151017 (X86-64 only)
  • hwloc                          – 1.11.5
  • lua-lmod                   – 6.5.11
  • lua-luafilesystem   – 1.6.3
  • lua-luaposix             – 33.2.1
  • lua-luaterm              – 0.7
  • memkind                   – 1.7.0 (X86-64 only)
  • mrsh                            – 2.12
  • munge                         – 0.5.12
  • pdsh                             – 2.31
  • powerman                  – 2.3.24
  • prun                             – 1.0
  • rasdaemon                 – 0.5.7
  • slurm                           – 16.5.8.1

The HPC Module is delivered as an add-on product to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. To install the HPC Module for SLES 12 SP2, follow these steps:

  1. Start YaST
  2. Select “Add-On Products
  3. Click “Add
  4. Select “Extensions & Modules from Registration Server
  5. Click “Next
  6. Select “HPC Module 12 SP2 aarch64
  7. Click “Next” to start the installation process.

We are still quite early in the history of the SLES HPC Module. Now that we have completed the initial mechanics of delivering the HPC Module for both X86-64 and 64-bit ARM architectures, we expect to be able to deliver additional packages and updated packages more rapidly than. was previously possible.

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About Jay Kruemcke

Jay has had more than twenty years of experience in the information technology industry. Starting from a rather humble beginning at IBM, Jay became a mainframe systems support programmer. Eventually Jay joined the AIX operating systems development team early in that product's development. Jay leveraged technical skills that he built in systems management to establish himself as a member of the IBM Austin Executive Briefing Center. His expertise in systems management with the SAP ERP system enabled his first product management role, as the owner of the Tivoli management product for SAP. Over the next three years he established that product as a success with the help of a strong development team. Jay returned to AIX in a product management position initially focusing on managing new requirements for the AIX operating system. Jay established himself as a subject manager expert in AIX and Power Systems virtualization and became a frequent guest at conferences around the world. Jay succumbed to the dark side and spent four years in IBM marketing in which he introduced AIX version 6 and AIX version 7 and many product innovations including the first every open beta program for an AIX release and a significant restructuring of the AIX offering structure and prices. Jay was part of the cloud software development organization and and focused on managing development engagements for clients deploying clouds using Power Systems servers with PowerVC and related products. In March of 2016, Jay retired from IBM and started in a new role as a product manager for SUSE, the Open Software company. Jay new focus is on enterprise Linux for POWER and ARM processor based systems. The postings on this site solely reflect the personal views of the author and do not necessarily represent the views, positions, strategies or opinions of my employer. Follow me on twitter @mr_sles, @cloudrancher and @chromeaix.
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