IBM has introduced a new kind of cluster repair tool called a bongo, which is designed to help organizations fix instruments that don’t work anymore.
In a blog post today, IBM describes the tool, which it says is intended to be used in the “industry’s biggest and most challenging” cluster repair projects.
The company describes the bongo as “a simple, flexible, and highly flexible interface for integrating multiple instrumentation systems into a single, high-capacity, fault-tolerant solution.”
IBM describes three main uses for the bongos tool: repairing a broken or failing component, repairing broken or malfunctioning equipment, and repairing damaged hardware or data.
The bongo tool, the company writes, can be integrated with a number of different solutions, from existing hardware to hardware from third-party vendors, and can be installed with minimal effort.
IBM describes four options for using the bongs, each with different requirements: Bongo-specific features, which are intended to support specific instrumentation components, and which can be added to existing infrastructure.
“If the hardware or software is in a different location than the instrumentation software, the bango will be able to detect the different location of the hardware and software and automatically create a new bongo to meet the requirements of the instrument,” the company explains.
“For example, if a new instrument was installed in the cloud, the instrument would be automatically installed in an existing bongo.
This way, the user can easily connect the instrument to the bazaar and restore the instrument.”
A bongo is similar to a microcontroller, but instead of having a microprocessor inside, the system contains a bunch of tiny parts.
IBM says a bong will allow “the user to connect the system to a new or existing instrument, and perform instrument recovery, restore, and other actions.
Bongs can also be used to install hardware or other equipment to a different bongo and to upgrade that bongo’s instrumentation or hardware components.”
A number of bongo-related components have been used in other projects, including IBM’s PowerIO platform for operating-system-based computers, and the IBM PIC microprocessor used in computers for the supercomputers.
The IBM team also explains that the bonga can be used with any kind of instrument, even when the instrument has no fault or is not running properly.
IBM notes that its bongo tools can be “used in real-world environments and will make it easy to implement robust solutions in enterprise and small-scale systems.”
“IBM has been at the forefront of the development of these solutions for many years, and our bongo platform is a result of the company’s continued focus on innovation, collaboration, and quality-assurance,” says Robby Johnson, senior director of product strategy and research for IBM, in a statement.
“We’re excited to be able now to bring these solutions to the broader industry.”
The bong was announced today at the IBM Research Worldwide Conference in San Jose, Calif.
IBM has announced plans to roll out a new tool called the bao in the next several months.