Which Configuration is Right for You?
The Frontier Grid Platform
The Frontier Grid Platform is a software solution that aggregates computational capacity of existing IT resources and delivers it as a flexible and scalable utility. It is highly secure, OS-agnostic, unobtrusive and comes with a rich set of development tools to facilitate the rapid development of grid and cloud applications.
Frontier can be deployed internally, harnessing the excess computing power of an organization's existing enterprise assets; it can also be deployed across a virtualized data center, providing a complementary high-performance computing service for cloud computing infrastructures. Additionally, customers can tap into the power of the Parabon Computation Grid, the company's online utility HPC service.
No matter where it is deployed, Frontier takes fullest advantage of whatever computer resources are available. It can be configured to run on both dedicated and non-dedicated computers (i.e., those primarily serving another purpose, such as laptops and desktops). Dedicated hardware is ideal for hosting Frontier-managed cloud services, whereas any computer, dedicated or otherwise, can participate in the execution of a Frontier grid job that spans potentially thousands of computers. The Frontier grid infrastructure is made up of several different software components and provides a Software as a Service (SaaS) layer, accessible from any browser through the Frontier Dashboard.
Features of Frontier
- New! Integrated Virtual Machine (VM) Management
Frontier 5 allows users to programmatically launch grid jobs or instantiate cloud services to auto-provisioned VMs. By off-loading the management of VM provisioning to the Frontier Server, users can freely scale their grid jobs to run on thousands of virtual machines at a time. In addition, Frontier allows long-running cloud services to automatically grow or shrink, without human intervention.
- New! Multi OS and Cloud Support
Install the Frontier Compute Engine natively on all major operating systems or as a VMware vSphere or Citrix XenServer compatible virtual appliance. Great for grid-enabling your cloud infrastructure without impacting other mission-critical operations.
- New! Engine Content API
Want your application to display task-specific content on the Frontier Compute Engine? Use the new Engine Content API to bring your projects to life. Perfect for volunteer computing projects.
- Fast, Easy Deployment
Deploy a fully functional Frontier Grid in your enterprise in just 15 minutes. Watch the video. The Frontier Grid Server comes packaged as a VMware vSphere or Citrix XenServer compatible virtual appliance for turnkey grid installations.
- Rock-Solid Security
Designed to run over the public Internet, Frontier was engineered to be secure from the ground up, to ensure confidentiality, integrity, and availability for providers and tasks.
Frontier supports Infrastructure, Platform, and Software-as-a-Service layers:
- Infrastructure as a Service is provided by the Frontier Grid Server and the Integrated VM Manager, new in Frontier 5.
- Platform as a Service is provided by the Frontier API (PDF) and the Frontier JumpStart Application Generator.
- Software as a Service is provided by the browser-based Frontier Dashboard and Frontier Compute Engine console interface.