Platform Computing

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Platform Computing
IndustryCloud computing, High performance computing, Distributed computing, Grid computing, Computer software
FoundedToronto, Ontario, Canada (1992)
FateAcquired by IBM
HeadquartersMarkham, Ontario, Canada
Key people
Leadership team
ProductsPlatform ISF, Platform LSF, Platform Symphony, Platform Cluster Manager, Platform Manager, Platform MPI
RevenueIncrease $71.6 million USD (2010) [1]
Number of employees
530 [2]

Platform Computing was a privately held software company primarily known for its job scheduling product, Load Sharing Facility (LSF). It was founded in 1992 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and headquartered in Markham, Ontario with 11 branch offices across the United States, Europe and Asia.[3]

In January 2012, Platform Computing was acquired by IBM.[4]


Platform Headquarters in Canada.

Platform Computing was founded by Songnian Zhou, Jingwen Wang, and Bing Wu in 1992.[5] Its first product, LSF, was based on the Utopia research project at the University of Toronto.[6] The LSF software was developed partially with funding from CANARIE (Canadian Advanced Network and Research for Industry and Education).[7]

Platform's revenue was approximately $300,000 in 1993, and reached $12 million in 1997. Revenue grew by 34% (YoY) to US$46.2 million in 2001, US$50 million in 2003.[8]

In 1999, the SiteAssure suite was announced by Platform to address website availability and monitoring market. [9]

On October 29, 2007, Platform Computing acquired the Scali Manage business from Norway-based Scali AS. Scali was cluster management software.[10] On August 1, 2008, Platform acquired the rest of the Scali business, taking on the industry-standard Message Passing Interface (MPI), Scali MPI, and rebranding it Platform MPI.[11]

On June 22, 2009, Platform Computing announced its first software to serve the cloud computing space. Platform ISF (Infrastructure Sharing Facility) enables organizations to set up and manage private clouds, controlling both physical and virtual resources.[12] [13]

In August 2009, Platform acquired HP-MPI from Hewlett-Packard.[14]

In January 2012, Platform Computing was acquired by IBM.[15]

Open-source participation[edit]

  • Platform joined the Hadoop project in 2011, and is focused on enhancing the Hadoop Distributed File System[16]
  • Platform Lava - based on Platform LSF, licensed under GPLv2.[17] The Lava scheduler is part of Red Hat HPC.[18] Discontinued in 2011.
  • OpenLava - successor to Platform Lava.
  • Platform FTA - File Transfer Agent for HPC clusters [19]
  • Nagios Plug-ins [20]
  • Community Scheduler Framework - a meta-scheduling framework [21]


Platform Computing is a member of the following organizations:


Platform products adopted the following standards:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2011 Branham300 Online - Platform Computing Details". Retrieved 2011-04-05.
  2. ^ "Platform Computing Inc. Corporate Facts". Retrieved 2011-04-03.
  3. ^ Contact
  4. ^ IBM Closes on Acquisition of Platform Computing
  5. ^ "GridConnections" (PDF). OGF. Retrieved 2007-12-29.
  6. ^ "Utopia: A Load Sharing Facility for Large, Heterogeneous Distributed Computer Systems". John Wiley & Sons. CiteSeerX {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  7. ^ "Shaping the future: success stories from the CARARIE files" (PDF). CANARIE. Archived from the original on July 20, 2004. Retrieved 2011-04-05.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  8. ^ "Platform Computing Inc. Company Profile". Yahoo Business. Archived from the original on 2005-09-27. Retrieved 2008-10-02.
  9. ^ Connor, Deni (Nov 8, 1999). "the changing face of web site management". NetworkWorld.
  10. ^ "Platform Computing Acquires Scali Manage Business" (Press release). Platform Computing. 2008-10-02. Archived from the original on October 7, 2008.
  11. ^ "Platform Computing Acquires Scali MPI Business" (Press release). Platform Computing. August 1, 2008. Archived from the original on 2009-11-22. Retrieved 2008-10-02.
  12. ^ "Platform Computing announces private cloud management software". Archived from the original on 2010-05-16. Retrieved 2009-06-26.
  13. ^ "Platform leaps from grids to clouds". The Register. Jun 22, 2009.
  14. ^ Platform Computing Acquires MPI Product from HP
  15. ^ IBM Closes on Acquisition of Platform Computing
  16. ^ Platform Computing Announces Commercial Support for Apache Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS)
  17. ^ "Platform Lava". Archived from the original on 2011-04-21. Retrieved 2011-03-22.
  18. ^ "Red Hat HPC Solution". Archived from the original on 2010-12-18. Retrieved 2011-03-24.
  19. ^ platform opensource[permanent dead link]
  20. ^ "Systems Management". Archived from the original on 2011-03-03. Retrieved 2011-03-22.
  21. ^ Archived 2011-07-07 at the Wayback Machine

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