IBM Platform Application Center provides a flexible, application-centric interface for cluster users and administrators that is easy to use and manage. Available as an add-on module to IBM Platform LSF, Platform Application Center enables users to interact with intuitive, self-documenting interfaces. This results in improved user satisfaction and productivity. By standardizing access to applications, Platform Application Center makes it easier to enforce site policies and address security concerns.
IBM Platform Application Center helps minimize risk by increasing system reliability and improving the quality of results. A collection of easy-to-use tools and interfaces makes managing your applications intuitive and simple to learn, yet also offers in-depth insight into processes, providing quick return on investment. An easy to understand interface and secure access ensures your employees are able to work efficiently, in a secure environment from anywhere.
Unified application interface
Platform Application Center provides a single interface to manage applications, users, resources and data. Application users and administrators can enjoy full visibility into resources like systems, applications and software licenses depending on their role. Administrators can access multiple cluster and workload related reports and access additional management tools as well.
Web-enabled application workload submission
Platform Application Center is designed to simplify application integration and workload submission for users. Administrators can web-enable the submission of an application workload so that users can interact with running applications through their browser. Furthermore, users can maintain multiple console sessions to multiple jobs simultaneously. Whether applications are interactive, parametric or parallel, they can be readily integrated with Platform Application Center.
Powerful interface builder
A powerful interface builder makes it easy to assemble standard web components into easy-to-use application interfaces. The interface builder includes a library of Platform LSF-aware primitives, which can be easily extended with custom plug-ins to meet specific application requirements. Links between on-screen elements and variables controlling how jobs are submitted to the cluster are well documented and easy to follow.
Smart data handling
Platform Application Center provides users with direct, real-time access to source, intermediate and resulting data files for viewing or post-processing. By supporting data handling capabilities like the ability to upload, retrieve, copy, rename, remove or compress files, users can manage their own data. In addition, because users and groups share common server-side data areas, duplication of data is reduced and collaboration is improved.
Reduce training and support requirements
The application workload submission templates in Platform Application Center work the way users expect, using terminology they recognize, and exposing only relevant options. As a result, training requirements are reduced, and users are more productive. By eliminating the possibility of erroneous job submissions that waste precious compute cycles or software license features, cluster use is also improved.
Secure application access, anytime from anywhere
With security features that include easy-to-setup SSL encryption, data and job partitioning and multiple authentication mechanisms, high-performance computing applications can be deployed as a utility, providing access 24 hours a day, seven days a week to users from any device with a browser. Because shell access can be restricted only to users who really need it, and by controlling how users interact with applications, your high performance computing (HPC) resources are more secure and easier to manage.
Monitor workflows through your browser
Whether your work involves CAE, research or digital production, these applications often involve multi-step, time-critical workflows. For sites running Platform Process Manager to build and manage resilient multi-step flows, Platform Application Center animates workflow progress through the browser and allows users to trigger and monitor multiple flows.
Delegation of administrative rights
Platform Application Center enables group-level administrators to monitor and manage jobs and data for any member of their project team or department. By bringing administration closer to the work group, the workload for cluster administrators is reduced, service levels are improved, and project leaders are better able to ensure that resources are being allocated in an optimal fashion to meet their business requirements.
Access controlsProduct Highlights
Using supporting access controls based on role, group and individual user IDs, access to application workload submission templates can be selectively granted. These controls also specify access to a variety of other monitoring and management functions in the Platform Application Center user environment.
- Integrated commercial application support
- Workflow monitoring through your browser