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Making The Impossible Possible at SC22: Liqid Releases New Slurm Plugin for 10x Faster Compute Node Creation and CXL Demo for HPC Pros

LIQID Inc., one of the world's leading software companies delivering data center composability, announced a new Slurm plugin for Liqid Matrix composable disaggregated infrastructure (CDI) software. With new integration for SLURM version 22, researchers can accelerate server node creation times by up to 10x with finer-grained scheduling and orchestration for faster results. The company also demonstrated the new Compute Express Link (CXL) memory composition to HPC users. With the ability to compose memory on-demand to servers, CXL promises unthinkable memory footprints to support next gen applications.

In addition, Liqid is a core element of World Wide Technology's (WWT) new Composable Open Technology Environment. Engineers, data scientists, and IT staff can build and evaluate a data center environment designed to support emerging, high-value technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, seamless edge-to-core computing, and more.

Liqid Delivers Slurm Dynamic Nodes and CXL to Accelerate Time-to-Value for the World's Most Data-intensive Workloads

"Liqid is excited to be back at SC22 sharing the floor with the most innovative companies and smartest professionals in HPC," said Sumit Puri, CEO & Cofounder, Liqid. "With an improved Slurm integration and pioneering demonstrations of composable memory with CXL, Liqid is delivering the kind of performance and flexibility required for the evolving HPC landscape dominated by AI and fed by compute facilities from edge to core."

Liqid Matrix CDI software with full Slurm 22 integration helps accelerate the composability and scaling of compute nodes and HPC clusters 10x compared to previous versions. Utilizing Slurm's Dynamic Nodes functionality via the Liqid Matrix plugin, users can register physical nodes with Liqid device reservations, using Slurm power management to activate a given node when a job is scheduled, and power off when the node becomes idle. In addition, researchers can have the ability to hot-add and -remove GPU resources from server nodes without interruptions to data operations.

Liqid also demonstrated its ability to compose for memory with a new proof-of-concept for the emerging CXL protocol. Built on top of PCIe physical layer, CXL enables new levels of efficiency, flexibility, and agility for memory-intensive applications by allowing for the decoupling of memory from the CPU, the final hardware element to be disaggregated. These early CXL demonstrations from Liqid and its partners showcase new levels of performance and flexibility as the need to compose DRAM in tandem with other data center elements becomes critically important to the day-to-day operations of industry, government, academia, and a wide range of other data-centric verticals.

WWT and Liqid Invite the Global Engineering Community to Experience the Art - and Craftsmanship - of the Impossible with the Composable Open Technology Environment.

"WWT collaborates with the world's most innovative companies, and we're excited to offer the Composable Open Technology Environment to facilitate the celebration of the ‘art of the impossible,' by not only showcasing these groundbreaking technologies but permitting our customers to try them before they decide to deploy," said Matt Halcomb, Principal Architect, WWT. "Technologies like those offered by Liqid and our other innovative partners provide a software-defined backbone for the AI-everywhere Era, and we are excited to offer customers the opportunity to experience this new infrastructure delivery solution and how it's utilized to increase performance and efficiency and remain competitive in the fast-changing world."

The Composable Open Technology Environment, located in WWT's Advanced Technology Center, integrates the industry's top OEMs, ODMs, and innovation leaders into a composable, disaggregated infrastructure for dynamic resource allocation, powered by Liqid Matrix software.

The collection of physical labs virtualized to create a collaborative ecosystem enables users to test innovative technologies through integrated architectural solutions. Segmented based on use cases that could benefit from software-defined composability, the environment allows users to test bare metal servers, virtual machines, containerized workloads, and more. It also leverages automation and orchestration solutions to provision and manage host operating systems.

Published Tuesday, November 15, 2022 9:28 AM by David Marshall
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