Open Source Software

Support for CAE platforms, such as OpenFOAM and ParaView, is provided by Nor-Tech’s specialist partners through a purchased support package that can be bundled with the cluster purchase and maintained until you are comfortable using the platform(s). For PBS Pro Scheduler, commercial support is also available from Altair.

Open Source Platforms

In addition to expertly designed hardware, we keep the cost of our entry levels clusters down by eliminating recurring licensing fees where possible. The open source platforms we currently integrate include:

  • PBS Pro Scheduler
  • OpenFOAM
  • ParaView

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PBS Pro™ Scheduler

Voted #1 HPC Software by HPCWire readers and time-tested for 20 years, PBS Pro Scheduler optimizes job scheduling and workload management for high performance clusters. PBS Pro is fast, scalable, secure, and resilient, and supports all infrastructure, middleware, and applications. Features include:

  • Scalability: supports millions of cores with fast job dispatch and minimal latency; tested beyond 50,000 nodes
  • Policy-Driven Scheduling: meets unique site goals and SLAs by balancing job turnaround time and utilization with optimal job placement
  • Resiliency: includes automatic fail-over architecture with no single point of failure – jobs are never lost, and jobs continue to run despite failures
  • Flexible Plugin Framework: simplifies administration with enhanced visibility and extensibility; users can customize implementations to meet complex requirements
  • Health Checks: monitors and automatically mitigates faults with a comprehensive health check framework

Altair just released this open source version of PBS Pro. A commercial version is also available. Since it swaps seamlessly with the open source version, it is an excellent option for entry level clusters as they expand along with the organization.


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OpenFOAM®

Altair just released this open source version of PBS Pro. A commercial version is also available. Since it swaps seamlessly with the open source version, it is an excellent option for entry level clusters as they expand along with the organization.

  • Screenshot_OpenFOAM_smallPoolFire2D_ParaView_3.12.0No license costs
  • Friendly syntax for partial differential equations
  • Unstructured polyhedral grid capabilities
  • Automatic parallelization of applications written using OpenFOAM high-level syntax
  • Wide range of applications and models ready to use
  • Commercial support and training provided by organizations that include the developers

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ParaView

ParaView is an open-source, multi-platform data analysis and visualization application that was first released in 2002. ParaView users can quickly build visualizations to analyze their data using qualitative and quantitative techniques. The data exploration can be done interactively in 3D or programmatically using ParaView’s batch processing capabilities. ParaView was developed to analyze extremely large datasets using distributed memory computing resources. It can be run on supercomputers to analyze datasets of petascale as well as on laptops for smaller data.

 

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