Platform Computing's LSF 4.1 Extends Distributed Computing Capabilities with Enhanced Linux Support, Interoperability Options

Feb 13, 2001, 00:00 ET from Platform Computing Corporation

    TORONTO, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Platform Computing -- a global
 leader in Distributed Resource Management for distributed computing
 environments -- today introduced LSF (Load Sharing Facility) version 4.1 with
 new features that incorporate support for all Linux versions and expanded
 capabilities for parallel processing.
     LSF 4.1 is the first solution of its kind to incorporate full Linux
 support (including RedHat Linux 6.2, SuSE Linux 6.4, OpenLinux 2.4, TurboLinux
 6.0.4 and Debian Linux 2.2.) with other computing platforms (ranging from
 inexpensive x86-based workstations to powerful Cray or NEC supercomputers).
 With this new release, Platform's LSF Suite now boasts advanced
 interoperability between UNIX, Linux and Windows-based platforms.
     "Interoperability requirements are accelerating at a staggering pace that
 we don't believe will let up," said Phil Weaver, President and COO, Platform
 Computing.  "Organizations in tech-heavy industries such as electronics, high
 tech and bioinformatics, are delivering products that push today's most
 powerful systems to their limits -- and beyond.  For these companies to
 achieve the next level in product development, they require strong computing
 functionality and a software product to manage their distributed computing
 environment.  LSF 4.1 makes the management of distributed resources even more
 efficient and cost-effective."
     New features for LSF Version 4.1 include:
     * Expanded capabilities for parallel processing through job control and
       placement, an improved SGI and new IBM vendor MPI integration
     * Improved policy-driven interactive support
     * Enhanced scheduling and job management for optimization of computing
     * Full Kerberos authentication support
     * Upgraded LSF licensing
     * More automated administrative functions
     For a complete list of LSF 4.1 supported architectures, please visit:
     "With LSF 4.1, Platform is well ahead of the game in helping companies
 harness the power of Linux systems," said Weaver.  "While a lot of other
 vendors are newcomers to the field of Distributed Computing and Distributed
 Resource Management, we have eight years of experience managing distributed
 computing clusters for multiple platforms.  Platform brings a long,
 established tradition of proven leadership in Distributed Resource Management
 to the Linux front."
     About LSF Suite
     Platform's LSF Suite is a set of tools that enables distributed computing
 by providing full access to computing resources through load sharing and
 dynamic job scheduling within heterogeneous computing environments.  LSF
 maximizes the benefits of distributed computing through Distributed Resource
 Management features such as scheduling, analyzing and monitoring the
 processing of distributed application workloads.  LSF 4.1 is the 11th release
 of this highly successful product offering.
     Platform's LSF suite of products has been serving a global base of
 customers for more than eight years.  Today there are over 100,000 LSF
 licenses worldwide, in applications covering everything from aerospace,
 telecommunications and automotive companies to government, commercial and
 industrial organizations.  LSF has been instrumental in helping those
 customers improve time to market and quality control by maximizing hardware
 and software utilization.  Whether working with a startup system with
 20 processors, or clusters ranging in the tens of thousands, experience has
 shown that LSF can answer virtually any distributed computing and platform
     About Platform Computing
     Platform Computing Corporation is a world leader in Distributed Resource
 Management software.  Platform's software, LSF Suite and SiteAssure Suite,
 enables some of the world's most creative companies to achieve outstanding
 results by allowing them to maximize the productivity potential of their
 people, computing resources and processes.  Platform's products give both
 technical and Internet environments unprecedented control over their
 mission-critical hardware, software and network resources.  With Platform
 solutions, customers are able to bridge the worlds of networks, systems and
 applications and realize higher availability and performance to achieve their
 business objectives.
     Founded in 1992, Platform has more than 1,500 customers worldwide and has
 strategic partnerships with Sun, IBM, Cisco, HP, SGI and Compaq.  For more
 information, please visit

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