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VA Technical Reference Model v 20.4

IBM Spectrum Load Sharing Facility
IBM Spectrum Load Sharing Facility Technology

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Description: IBM Spectrum Load Sharing Facility (LSF), formerly known as IBM Platform LSF, is an enterprise workload management platform and job scheduler for distributed high performance computing (HPC) cluster environments. IBM Platform LSF enables load sharing by distributing jobs to available central processing units (CPUs) in heterogeneous networks.

The vendor also offers a free Community Edition download. This assessment only covers the commercial edition.

IBM Spectrum Load Sharing Facility (LSF) 10.1 is available in: IBM Spectrum Load Sharing Facility (LSF) Suite for Enterprise, IBM Spectrum Load Sharing Facility (LSF) Suite for HPC, IBM Spectrum Load Sharing Facility (LSF) Suite for Workgroups, and IBM Spectrum Load Sharing Facility (LSF) Community Edition.

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Section 508 Information: This technology has not been assessed by the Section 508 Office. The Implementer of this technology has the responsibility to ensure the version deployed is 508-compliant. Section 508 compliance may be reviewed by the Section 508 Office and appropriate remedial action required if necessary. For additional information or assistance regarding Section 508, please contact the Section 508 Office at Section508@va.gov.
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Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v20.3
Decision Date: 03/12/2020
Aliases: IBM LSF; IBM Platform LSF; IBM Platform Load Sharing Facility
Introduced By: TRM Request
Vendor Name: International Business Machines (IBM)
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (03/12/2020).