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Bright Computing Powers Electronics Research Institute

Today Bright Computing announced that the Electronics Research Institute (ERI) and Brightskies Technologies have chosen the full suite of Bright technology to manage its HPC, big data, and cloud infrastructure. “Using Bright Computing’s technologies, we were able to showcase how to provision a virtual HPC cluster or big data cluster over cloud as extensions to the existing cluster or on demand as per users’ requests,” said Dr. Khaled Elamrawi, President of Brightskies Technologies. “This was very powerful and clearly addressed the challenges that ERI were facing.”

Video: JupyterHub as an Interactive Supercomputing Gateway

“At the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute we are exploring ways to provide the immediacy and flexibility of interactive computing within the batch-scheduled, tightly controlled world of traditional cluster supercomputing. As Jupyter Notebook has gained in popularity, the steps needed to use it within such an environment have proven to be a barrier to entry even as increasingly powerful Python tools have developed to take advantage of large computational resources. JupyterHub to the rescue! Except out of the box, it doesn’t know anything about resource types, job submission, and so on. We developed BatchSpawner and friends as a general JupyterHub backend for batch-scheduled environments. In this talk I will walk through how we have deployed JupyterHub to provide a user-friendly gateway to interactive supercomputing.”

Bright Cluster Manager 7.3 Enhances Container Support

Today Bright Computing released Version 7.3 of Bright Cluster Manager and Bright OpenStack. With enhanced support for containers, the new release has enhanced integration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), improvements to the interface with the Ceph distributed object store and file system, and a variety of other updates that make deployment and configuration easier and more intuitive.

Video: HPE Enhances Software Stack for High Performance Computing

In this video from ISC 2016, Dave Sundstrom from Hewlett Packard Enterprise describes the newly enhanced HPE Software Stack for High Performance Computing. “The HPE Core HPC Software Stack is a complete software set for the creation, optimization, and running of HPC applications. It includes development tools, runtime libraries, a workload scheduler, and cluster management, integrated and validated by Hewlett Packard Enterprise into a single software set. Core HPC Stack uses the included HPC Cluster Setup Tool to simplify and speed the installation of an HPC cluster built with HPE servers.”

Video: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Moves Forward with HPC Strategy at ISC 2016

At ISC 2016, HPE introduced new high-performance computing solutions that aim to accelerate HPC adoption by enabling faster time-to-value and increased competitive differentiation through better parallel processing performance, reduced complexity, and faster deployment time. “By combining these latest advancements in Intel Scalable System Framework with the scalability, flexibility and manageability of the HPE Apollo portfolio, customers will gain new levels of performance, efficiency and reliability. In addition, customers will be able to run HPC applications in a massively parallel manner with minimal code modification.”

Podcast: Steve Scott on How Intel Xeon Phi is Fueling HPC Innovation at Cray

In this Intel Chip Chat podcast with Allyson Klein, Cray CTO Steve Scott describes the collaboration between Cray and Intel on the Intel Xeon Phi Processor for supercomputer integration. Steve highlights that Cray chose to implement the new Intel Xeon Phi Processor for its supercomputers because of the potential to support a diverse array of customer needs and deliver the best performance per application. He emphasizes that Cray software tools are key to optimizing Intel Xeon Phi processor performance at the system level.

Video: 5-Minute Hadoop Cluster Setup using Bright Cluster Manager

Hadoop has a reputation for being extremely difficult to install and configure, but that seems to be changing. In this video, Bright Cluster Manager for Big Data is used to install Cloudera 5.3.1 with YARN failover in just five minutes.

Video: Deploying OpenStack Solutions with Bright Computing & Transtec

In this video from the Transtec booth at ISC 2016, Piotr Wachowicz from Bright Computing shows how the company’s cluster management software enables customers to configure and monitor OpenStack systems. “Bright Cluster Manager provides a unified enterprise-grade solution for provisioning, scheduling, monitoring and management of HPC and Big Data systems in your data center and in the cloud. Our dynamic cloud provisioning optimizes cloud utilization by automatically creating servers when they’re needed and releasing them when they’re not. Bright OpenStack provides a complete cloud solution that is easy to deploy and manage.”

Register Now for HPC Workflow Workshops

Registration is now open for a free Workflows Workshop to be held August 9-10 at multiple institutions across the country. Sponsored by the Blue Waters sustained-petascale computing project, this workshop will provide an overview of workflows and how they can enhance research productivity.

Linvision in the Netherlands Joins Bright Partner Community

Today Bright Computing announced that Linvision has become the latest company to join the Bright Computing partner network, to serve customers across Benelux, France and Germany. “At Linvision, we see a high demand from organizations for state of the art HPC systems that enable projects to be carried out efficiently and cost-effectively,” said Karin Peeters, CEO at Linvision. “I’m excited that Bright and Linvision can enter this market together, to see how we can support our customers with their evolving business challenges.”