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Podcast: Reducing Complexity with Cluster Management from Bright Computing

In this Conversations in the Cloud podcast, Lee Carter from Bright Computing offers comprehensive software for deploying, managing, and monitoring clustered infrastructure, in the data center or the cloud. “Looking forward, Lee speculates that the future of AI will see new technologies like autonomous cars using complex simulation and modeling in small scale systems, continuing the legacy of HPC.”

Job of the Week: Senior HPC Specialist at New York University

New York University is seeking a Senior HPC Specialist in our Job of the Week. “In this role, you will provide technical leadership in design, development, installation and maintenance of hardware and software for the central High-Performance Computing systems and/or research computing services at New York University. Plan, design, and install Linux operating system’s hardware, cluster management software, scientific computing software and/or network services.”

Altair PBS Works to Optimize Gadi Supercomputer at NCI

Supercomputing in Australia is slated to get a major boost this November with the deployment of the Fujitsu-made “Gadi” supercomputer, estimated to be 10 times faster than its predecessor. NCI will use Altair’s PBS Works software suite — including Altair Control, Altair Access, Altair Monitor, and Altair PBS Professional — to optimize job scheduling, manage workloads, and perform detailed analysis on the new Gadi system. “This new machine will keep Australian research and the 5,000 researchers who use it, at the cutting edge. It will help us get smarter with our big data. It will add even more brawn to the considerable brains already tapping into NCI.”

Cray Shasta Software to Power Exascale Era

Today Cray a new, open and extensible software platform to address the growing need for supercomputing across government and private industries. As advanced simulation, artificial intelligence (AI) and digital transformation create new, data intensive workloads, the need for performance at scale is growing rapidly. Recognizing the challenges presented by the exascale era, Cray’s software fuses supercomputing performance and capability with the modularity, composability and ease-of-use of cloud computing.

Bright Reseller Raid Media Systems Targets German Supercomputing Market

Raid Media Systems has become the latest partner to sign up to the Bright Computing Reseller Program. As a reseller, Raid Media Systems has chosen to partner with Bright Computing in order to provide its customers with an easy to use cluster management solution. The Reseller anticipates that Bright technology will allow its staff to spend less time on cluster management tasks and more time focusing on improving application performance and cluster utilization for its customers. “We are happy to partner with Bright to offer industry-proven cluster management software to our customer base,” said Daniel Vogel, Systems Engineer at Raid Media Systems. “This ensures that our customers get the very best solutions for their needs.”

The Convergence of HPC and AI

In this special guest feature, Bill Wagner from Bright Computing writes that the convergence of HPC & AI presents new challenges for containers, job scheduling, and system management. “But here’s the rub … traditional HPC applications run under the jurisdiction of an HPC workload manager like Slurm or PBS Pro, whereas machine learning applications are primarily run in containers under the jurisdiction of a container orchestration system, such as Kubernetes.”

Considerations for Managing HPC Resources

In this special guest feature, Robert Roe from Scientific Computing World writes that companies faced with increasing complexity are developing new services and tools to help users manage their HPC resources. “The single biggest thing that people do is focus too much on the hardware, and forget about the rest of the stuff. The procurement process is driven by the compute system. It doesn’t necessarily take into account that you are going to need people and software to deliver value,” said Andrew Jones from NAG.

Fujitsu to Deploy Gadi Supercomputer at NCI in Australia

Today Fujitsu announced a contract to upgrade the Australia’s fastest supercomputer at NCI. Called “Gadi,” the new supercomputer will replace the NCI’s current supercomputer, Raijin, which was also provided by Fujitsu back in 2012. “The upgrade of this critical infrastructure will see Australia continue to play a leading role in addressing some of our greatest global challenges. This new machine will keep Australian research and the 5,000 researchers who use it at the cutting-edge.”

Job of the Week: HPC System Administrator at DE Shaw Research

D.E. Shaw Research is seeking and HPC System Administrator in our Job of the Week. “Exceptional sysadmins sought to manage systems, storage, and network infrastructure for a New York–based interdisciplinary research group. Ideal candidates should have strong fundamental knowledge of Linux concepts such as file systems, networking, and processes in addition to practical experience administering Linux systems.”

Realize the Massive Potential of Your AI Infrastructure with Bright Computing and NVIDIA

“As organizations continue to leverage GPUs for HPC applications and also host AI workloads on existing HPC clusters, a growing trend is to add DGX servers to these clusters alongside traditional CPU-based Linux servers. Because Bright Cluster Manager is platform independent, combining DGX servers with servers from another vendor is easy and seamless, resulting in a single unified cluster that Bright can centrally manage and monitor.”