Lenovo Intelligent Computing OrchestrationDatasheet

24 Apr 2019
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HPC and AI cluster management software

HPC and AI Software Platform

Lenovo Intelligent Computing Orchestration (LiCO) simplifies the deployment, management, and use of data center resources for high performance computing (HPC) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) workloads. Easily use and manage scalable cluster resources in your data center with intuitive tools for both administrators and users.

Deploying an open-source solution to manage a scale-out cluster is challenging, particularly in an organization without significant HPC software expertise. The LiCO solution builds on a validated stack of popular OpenHPC tools, enabling administrators to confidently deploy a cluster management solution while shielding the users from complexity.

For All Deployment Sizes

From growing AI environments to large supercomputers, LiCO ensures a quicker time-to-value for your researchers, engineers, and data scientists, and reduces work for your cluster administrators and operational support. LiCO accelerates AI and HPC development by reducing end-user complexity without restricting any of your usual robust cluster orchestration tools.

LiCO enables a single cluster to be used for both HPC and AI workloads without any configuration changes and provides access for multiple users simultaneously. Running a greater number of diverse workloads increases the utilization of cluster resources, driving more value from the data and the system. System resources can easily be added to support user growth and scale-out workloads.

For cluster administrators, LiCO delivers a consolidated interface for monitoring and usage of cluster resources while maintaining the choice of command-line operation. The administrator can easily manage users, view infrastructure health, usage, status and alarms, and create reports from within the unified portal.

Users with limited experience with cluster tools will greatly benefit from workflow templates, access to shared file systems, and the ability to monitor and manage jobs through the single interface.

The Benefits

  • Improve Resource Utilization and TCO — Consolidate resource silos into a single environment supporting multiple users and dynamic resource management.
  • Intuitive: For All Skill Levels — Simple workflows and an intuitive interface improve access to computing resources for all users and skill levels.
  • For All Deployments — Simplify open-source deployment in enterprise data centers and improve service levels in an HPC environment.
  • Validated Stacks Reduce Time to Implementation — Choice of multiple AI frameworks through Singularity containers and prebuilt workflows for HPC workloads.
  • Flexible Infrastructure — Supports both NVIDIA GPUs and Intel® processors to suit varying workloads.

For Data Sciences and Artificial Intelligence

LiCO accelerates Deep Learning (DL) and Machine Learning (ML) with integrated support for the most popular AI libraries and frameworks, such as Tensorflow, MXNet, Caffe, and others. Simplified templates and job management allow data scientists and researchers to quickly develop and deploy ML and DL models.

Users have a record of past jobs and models and can easily retest models with new datasets, frameworks, and models to test new features or parameters, and monitor results in a single interface. Data scientists can deploy their own custom models, or leverage predefined models across a range of training activities.

AI frameworks change frequently, and LiCO allows users to easily manage and update framework versions to leverage the latest innovations including NVIDIA GPU Cloud (NGC) containers for GPU-optimized workloads. Lenovo AI solutions with ThinkSystem servers and LiCO deliver the freedom for data scientists and data engineers to experiment with different framework and hardware combinations, without having to configure systems or software stacks, giving you more time to spend on optimizing your models.

Built on Lenovo Expertise

Lenovo is the #1 supercomputer provider in the world* and has extensive expertise designing and deploying some of the largest clusters in the world.

Lenovo has leveraged the best practices from our experts and real-world customer needs to develop LiCO and deliver a simple, yet powerful experience that helps you manage your cluster resources. In fact, LiCO was named Best AI Product or Technology for 2018 by HPCWire at the SuperComputing 2018 conference.**

The world-class Lenovo Professional Services team will support you from configuration through deployment to post-implementation maintenance to ensure you're up and running with LiCO as quickly as possible. Ongoing support for the LiCO platform is provided through Lenovo, and customers can deploy LiCO as part of a Lenovo Scalable Infrastructure (LeSI) solution.

Getting Started

LiCO is available in Lenovo AI Innovation Labs around the world, allowing you to test your proof of concept before deploying. The Innovation Centers feature Lenovo system and software resources and are staffed by Lenovo AI experts, as well as experts from Lenovo partners, all available to help you.

About Lenovo

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$45 billion Fortune 500 company and a global technology leader in driving Intelligent Transformation. Lenovo’s data center solutions (ThinkSystem, ThinkAgile) are creating the capacity and computing power that are changing business and society throughout the IT lifecycle.

For More Information

To learn more about LiCO, contact your Lenovo representative or Business Partner, or visit lenovo.com/ai. For detailed specifications, consult the LiCO product guide.

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