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Welcome to the forefront of Life Sciences innovation with Slurm – your gateway to cutting-edge solutions and advancements in the world of biology, pharmaceuticals, and beyond.

Dive into a realm where science meets excellence, and discover a universe of possibilities that redefine medical exploration. At SchedMD, we are committed to supporting the world of Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals, pioneering breakthroughs that shape the future of healthcare. Our dedication to scientific excellence is reflected in our work, from advanced architecture to market leading active development. Whether you’re a seasoned researcher, a passionate student, or an industry professional, Slurm opens doors to a world where science and technology drive positive change.

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How Can Slurm Help Streamline My HPC Experience?

The complexity and rise of data in healthcare means that hight performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) have increased potential within life sciences. AI software helps organizations meet the wide range of pioneering expectations surrounding medical research, precision, medicine, and machine learning. Slurm is an open source workload manager designed to simplify the demanding needs of HPC + AI workflows.

Slurm for Life Sciences

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High Throughput & Scalability

Slurm can easily manage performance requirements for small cluster, large cluster, and exascale computer needs. Slurm outperforms competitive schedulers with consistent execution of 500 batch jobs per second. Process computational workloads like molecular modeling, drug discovery, and simulations in a timely and cost effective manner using Slurm.

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First Class GPUs

With first class resource management for GPUs, Slurm allows users to request GPU resources alongside CPUs. This flexibility ensures that jobs are executed quickly and efficiently, while maximizing resource utilization. This is crucial for advancing speed and parallel processing capabilities, particularly in AI workloads.

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Complex Business Rules

Slurm can map to complex business rules and existing organizational priorities, easily establish data governance policies and ensure compliance with industry standards. Our plugin-based architecture makes Slurm adaptable to a variety of conditions that fit your individual organization needs.

Take Your Computing to the Next Level

Join us on the journey to computational excellence – where innovation meets efficiency, and where Slurm becomes the catalyst for unlocking the full potential of your HPCl workflows. Welcome to a new era of performance and productivity with Slurm!

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Slurm for Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences

Pharmaceutical companies and life scientists deal with a lot of data to find new drugs, new cures, and new answers to complex problems facing scientists. Slurm facilitates the parallel execution of tasks across multiple nodes, enabling researchers and scientists to expedite data analysis, simulations, and other computationally intensive processes, all while providing data integrity and compliance for your institution. With the help of Slurm, researchers can boost drug discoveries, revolutionize manufacturing, solve complex problems, and process millions more samples. Slurm is an open-source software that scientists use to complete work on supercomputers. It manages the queue of the numerous jobs being performed.

Slurm saves pharmaceutical and life scientists time and money and helps them finish time-sensitive jobs quickly and efficiently. Slurm accelerates research and development, and genuine solutions come from high-performance computing. From Electronic Health Records to medical imaging, drug discovery, and more, high-performance computing using Slurm has tremendous potential to save lives and reduce health disparities.

Slurm’s support of the largest and fastest compute clusters worldwide helps pharmaceutical and life science discoveries in innumerable ways. Discover more by visiting and download Slurm today.

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Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Institutions FAQs

What security measures does Slurm have in place?

With job and resource isolation capabilities, Slurm allows administrators to define partitions, ensuring that jobs run independently of one another. Partitions ensure sensitive research data is only processed and stored within designated and controlled environments. These isolations help prevent unauthorized access and reduce the risk of data leaks and tampering.

Other checkpoints include comprehensive logging and auditing which tracks user activity, ensuring accountability and traceability in data handling processes. Administrators can also enforce controls and limit access to sensitive research data based on user roles and permissions.

What documentation, training and support resources are available for admin and end users?

SchedMD has a number of services available including:

  • Support contracts
  • On-site trainings
  • Consultations hours
  • Custom development
  • Configuration Assistance
  • Migration Assistance/Proof of Concept

Administrators and users can review Slurm documentation and more information on SchedMD Services.

Does Slurm have any cloud/hybrid capabilities?

Cloud bursting in Slurm is a feature that allows a Slurm cluster to expand its computing resources into a cloud environment, meeting increased demand for computing resources. When the on-premises resources of a Slurm cluster are insufficient, bursting allows the cluster to temporarily extend its capacity by utilizing cloud resources. This can help organizations manage peak workloads without having to invest in and maintain additional physical hardware

Slurm can be configured to work with various cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and more. It uses cloud APIs to create and manage virtual machines (VMs) in the cloud.

Slurm ensures a seamless experience for users. If a job starts on the on-premises cluster and then needs to burst to the cloud, it can be migrated without user intervention.

How does Slurm utilize GPUs?

With first class resource management for GPUs, Slurm allows users to request GPU resources alongside CPUs. This flexibility ensures that jobs are executed quickly and efficiently, while maximizing resource utilization.

Slurm provides features and flexibility that allow for effective GPU resource management including resource allocation, scheduling policies, GPU partitioning, and GPU reporting and monitoring.

It’s important to note that the exact behavior of Slurm in managing GPUs can be customized through its configuration files and policies, making it flexible for various HPC cluster setups.

What monitoring and reporting features does Slurm offer?

Slurm has multiple features and commands in place to help administrators and end users monitor cluster activity, track resource utilization, diagnose performance issues, and integrate with monitoring systems. Learn more about features like squeue, scontrol, sinfo, and more in our Common Slurm Commands blog.

Does Slurm support containerized applications in Life Sciences research?

Slurm can support and interact with containers in various ways to manage and execute jobs efficiently.

Slurm supports multiple container runtimes (Docker, Singularity, Shifter) and can be integrated with container orchestrators (Kubernetes, Docker Swarm). Slurm will allocate resources based on job submission requirements and manage the execution of jobs within containers using the specified runtime. The integrated container orchestrator handles the deployment and management of containers across the cluster.

Containers provide isolation between jobs running on the same node, preventing interference and conflicts. Slurm ensures that containers are properly isolated and securely managed within the HPC cluster environment.

Slurm’s support for containers provides users with flexibility in managing and executing jobs in HPC environments, allowing them to leverage container technologies to enhance productivity and resource utilization.

How does Slurm integrate with my site’s existing software and industry tools?

Slurm utilizes REST API, opening a wide array of possibilities for a site’s HPC environment. REST API enables Slurm’s integration with existing software and industry preferred tools. Examples of REST API integrations include:

  • Workflow Management systems to orchestrate complex data processing pipelines
  • Data analytics platforms to efficiently distribute computational tasks across clusters, dynamically allocating and scaling resources based on workload demands.
  • Container orchestration tools to allow users to deploy containerized applications as jobs, manage resources allocation, and scale container instances.
  • Monitoring and logging systems to provide administrators with real-time insights on cluster performance, resource utilization, and job execution.

REST API serves as a versatile integration mechanism to enable seamless communication between SLurm and a wide array of tools, empowering users to leverage their HPC resources to the fullest power.

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