Sun adds enterprise accounting tool
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Nov 09, 2000
Government institutions involved in high-performance computing and other
large server environments have a new tool at their disposal to help them
keep track of electronic and human resources.
Sun Microsystems Inc. and Instrumental Inc. this week announced the
availability of Instrumental's PerfAcct 3.1 Enterprise accounting software
for the Solaris operating environment.
The collaborative effort allows the government market to easily allocate
resources, according to the company. It is ideal for customers who need
to run complex jobs from multiple interdependent processes — as in high-performance
computing (HPC) — said Gary Balog, program manager for Air Force and Defense
Department HPC at Sun Microsystems Federal.
PerfAcct 3.1 also provides the project accounting capabilities necessary
for major supercomputer centers, like those in the Energy Department and
at research laboratories with large, diverse communities of users working
for different organizations and divisions, Balog said. HPC environments
should benefit from the software solution, which until now was mostly used
in the mainframe world.
"They can look at the number of jobs they run on different computers — and who is using the jobs — and then do a charge back through no-cost
or allocation of resources," he said. "This has been prevalent in the mainframe
world, but large server environments like HPC can make use of it, too."
PerfAcct 3.1 is shipping now and will be available soon on the General
Services Administration schedule, Balog said.