CIQ + OpenHPC: A Complete High Performance Computing Solution
The CIQ High Performance Computing (HPC) software stack allows individuals and teams in research, academia, and industry to harness the full power of computational resources and easily and efficiently execute critically important performance-intensive workloads. CIQ combines expertise across HPC, Linux, and enterprise software environments to provide a complete, integrated solution that stays abreast of the fast-paced technology world.
We integrate the rock-solid Rocky Linux operating system, containerization with Apptainer (formerly Singularity), and cluster provisioning with Warewulf, to deploy reliable, scalable system infrastructure. We collaborate with the OpenHPC community and hardware vendors to integrate performance optimizations, creating a one-of-a-kind toolkit for organizations that need to rapidly and reliably harness advanced computing technologies.
CIQ is a Founding Sponsor and key contributor to Rocky Linux, a rock-solid, free, open source operating system maintained by a large community of developers. Now the fastest-growing Enterprise Linux, Rocky Linux is even more widely adopted in High Performance Computing environments. CIQ layers professional support atop extensive Rocky Linux community contributions to create a stable, long-term foundation for the CIQ HPC software stack.
Containerization with Apptainer
Containerization is an important way to modernize deployments of both user applications and system software. Apptainer, with key capabilities needed for multi-node workflows, and built-in security for zero-trust environments, has become the preferred container system for High Performance Computing environments. CIQ participates actively with the Apptainer community within the Linux Foundation and frequently contributes code to further its capabilities.
Warewulf is an open source project with over 20 years of improvements and advancements in deploying system software for compute clusters. CIQ leverages Warewulf to configure, provision, and manage compute resources throughout the entire software infrastructure. CIQ actively contributes to the Warewulf project in various ways; for example, CIQ developers submitted the code necessary to deploy system software using Apptainer within Warewulf.
Traditional HPC, the CIQ Way
The OpenHPC community provides structure and value by maintaining stable software builds and combinations of software components employed by both open source and proprietary applications. CIQ collaborates with the OpenHPC community to vet and curate crucial open source software applications and stacks. By working closely with the community, CIQ and the CIQ HPC software stack enhance the value of OpenHPC with professional support and services.
In addition to open source software, CIQ provides services to integrate vendor-specific software drivers and libraries that can dramatically increase performance and productivity. CIQ engages across the ecosystem of vendors providing silicon, accelerators, networking fabrics, and storage components. By working with the whole ecosystem, CIQ can manage the complex integration of these components to meet your specific compute needs.
Productivity Is the Goal
Deploying HPC clusters is no longer a dark art. The CIQ HPC software stack simplifies deployment so that individuals and teams can reap the benefits of powerful, leading-edge technologies across research and enterprise environments.
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