PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Meiosys, a provider of
transparent application virtualization and stateful application relocation
solutions for Utility Computing, High-Performance Computing and Fault
Tolerance markets, today announced the availability of MetaCluster HPC 2.0. A
second generation product, MetaCluster is the only commercial solution on
Linux today offering checkpoint/restart and on-demand application relocation.
MetaCluster HPC 2.0 now supports MPI-based applications for most demanding
applications in the Life Sciences, manufacturing, oil and gas, government,
financial engineering and education markets. MetaCluster HPC allows
enterprises to protect long running jobs by capturing periodic checkpoints,
and should a failure occur, resume the application from the latest checkpoint.
This provides enterprises with the assurance that long (sometimes days or
weeks) jobs complete in time. Additionally, MetaCluster HPC enables on-demand
relocation of high performance computing applications from one set of servers
to another, opening new means of optimizing and prioritizing workloads and
reducing maintenance windows. MetaCluster HPC provides these functions totally
transparently to applications, without the need to modify, re-install or
MetaCluster HPC is built on a patented infrastructure virtualization layer
that dynamically instruments system resources used by the application,
combined with a low overhead holistic checkpoint/restart. In essence,
MetaCluster decouples applications from the underlying hardware and rendering
them mobile. This offers IT managers new ways to manage resources effectively
without having to learn new applications or disrupt ongoing operations.
"Today's high performance computing sites have hundreds or thousands of
clustered nodes. From a pure statistics perspective, these systems will fail,
sometimes before long MPI runs have a chance to complete. We are seeing much
demand for higher availability and management flexibility and we are pleased
to release MetaCluster HPC 2.0 to the high performance computing community,"
said Jason Donahue, President and CEO of Meiosys. "Supercomputing sites around
the world are eager to embrace MetaCluster to restore high availability and
manageability characteristics of proprietary supercomputers on standards-based
Features and Benefits
MetaCluster HPC 2.0 offers several unique features that provide cost and
time savings benefits:
-- Transparency -- MetaCluster HPC delivers checkpoint and restart,
application relocation and resource optimization without modifying
-- Holistic checkpoint mechanism -- MetaCluster HPC captures the full
context of an application such as memory usage, file status and any open
TCP/IP connections, leaving nothing to chance. Checkpoint files can be stored
locally or on remote or shared storage within the network.
-- Application protection with periodic checkpoints and automated restart
-- IT managers can "set it and forget it," virtually guaranteeing completion
of long batch runs.
-- Integration with existing batch managers -- Meiosys seamlessly
operates with leading batch managers such as PBS Pro and Platform LSF,
eliminating the need to learn new user interfaces.
-- License usage optimization -- With MetaCluster HPC, applications can
be checkpointed and licenses immediately released. For example, engineers from
one department may borrow licenses owned by another department when not in
use, and upon request, checkpoint their own jobs and release the licenses.
Checkpointed jobs can be resumed at a later time when the licenses become
Large scope of supported applications
MetaCluster HPC 2.0 supports a range of clustered and traditional
HPC application types, including single and multi-process, single and
multi-threaded, sequential and distributed (e.g., OpenMP, MPI), legacy, off
the shelf and custom applications. MetaCluster HPC 2.0 supports 32 and 64-bit
Linux installations (Opteron and IA64) and is integrated with standard batch
Established in 2001, Meiosys, develops transparent stateful dynamic
application virtualization and relocation solutions for Utility Computing,
High-Performance Computing, and Fault Tolerance. Introduced in November 2003,
MetaCluster is implemented in production at leading EDA, DCM, Energy and
Manufacturing companies in the USA, Europe and Asia. Meiosys is privately held
with strategic financing from Cisco Systems, Partech International and
Wellington Partners, among others. For more information, please visit