Bright Computing Logo

Customers Talk about Bright Cluster Manager

Home > Customers

Customer Testimonials

Swiss National Supercomputing Centre

CSCS logo

“There’s a growing interest in production use of hybrid-architecture systems in our HPC centre.”

“This means we need to be able to provision, monitor and manage systems with accelerators and coprocessors with minimal administrative overhead. Our evaluation of Bright Cluster Manager demonstrated that it met our needs in a satisfactory way.”

— Hussein Harake of CSCS

Intel Technical Computing Group

Intel logo

“Bright Computing, with their Bright Cluster Manager, significantly accelerated deployment of the Cherry Creek cluster by providing unified software management for both Intel Xeon processors and Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors.”

— Hugo Saleh, Director of Marketing, Intel Technical Computing Group

Learn more

BingoSoft

BingoCloud icon

“Bright Cluster Manager allowed us to rapidly integrate the most comprehensive and robust solution for managing the HPC services into BingoCloud.”

“Bright’s use of open standards, availability of a rich API, plus ability to support customized HPC configurations, makes for a natural fit in our IaaS platform.”

— Yang Qiu, BingoCloud Product Manager at BingoSoft

Learn more

NVIDIA

NVIDIA CUDA logo

“Bright Cluster Manager provides a comprehensive solution for installation and configuration of accelerated clusters and the robust ecosystem of third-party supporting tools”

“With support for the latest CUDA Toolkit, Bright Computing builds on its well-established track record of supporting NVIDIA’s latest GPU innovations for the HPC industry.”

— Duncan Poole, strategic alliances manager for Accelerated Computing at NVIDIA

Learn more

MINES ParisTech

MINES ParisTech logo

“Bright significantly eases the day-to-day management of all HPC resources. For example, using Bright's capability to logically group nodes according to hardware type or location, we are able to rapidly perform scheduled service on a highly selective basis.”

“The Bright-enabled efficiency and effectiveness of our IT operations is already allowing us to improve the level of service we provide to our on and off-site researchers. In fact, most of our researchers are completely unaware that their materials-science HPC cluster is in fact a consolidated resource that spans two physical sites.”

— Gregory Sainte-Luce, Computer Network and Systems Engineer, Centre des Matériaux at MINES ParisTech

Learn more

Intel

Xeon Phi logo

“Bright Cluster Manager makes it easy to build highly compatible, ready-to-run clusters using Intel Xeon processors. We are pleased that Bright is bringing the same ease of use and administration to Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors. ”

— Bill Magro, Director, Technical Computing Software Solutions at Intel

Learn more

EMD International

EMD logo

“The installation and initial integration of the cluster has run very smoothly, and was completed in less than one week time. In our project schedule we had expected this task to last much longer, so by selecting a joint Dell - ClusterVision solution, we have been able to focus our efforts in developing our new software services and linking it into our existing infrastructure.”

— Thorkild Guldager Sørensen, Software Developer and HPC System Administrator

Learn more

EMD International

EMD logo

“The cluster was designed to provide an easy to manage, scalable solution. With Bright Cluster Manager, EMD International will be able to grow their computational capacity locally, or into the cloud using Bright’s built in cloud-bursting capabilities.”

— Steen Kronby, Solutions Director

Learn more

Tsinghua University

Tsinghua logo

“We needed a solution that would provide deep insights and better visibility into every aspect of our cluster. Bright’s highly intuitive interface gives us a complete view, including the ability to drill down to examine specific issues.”

“In addition, Bright provides a multi-OS image that gives us more control over every aspect of our cluster’s operations. As a result, our researchers can develop benchmark software more quickly because we minimize downtime for maintenance and troubleshooting performance issues.”

— Dr. Xue, of the Center for Earth System Science at Tsinghua University

Learn more

Syracuse University

Syracuse logo

“We selected Bright Cluster Manager for its intuitive interface, ease of use and responsive support.”

“Bright makes sure you have the right drivers on the GPU and CPU nodes, so you don’t have to even think about it.”

“I don’t have days to search community news sites and HPC user message boards for fixes to broken open source tools. I need something where I could get support within 24 hours.”

“My success is measured by my published results, and the educational experience of our students and graduate students. I am not measured on cluster management — but our cluster does have to work.”

— Dr. Robert Moucha, Assistant Professor at Syracuse University Earth Sciences Department

Learn more

Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC)

Stony Brook University logo

“It's been a great run. Bright and Fedora EPEL distros have saved a tremendous amount of time for me.”

“Bright's image-based provisioning lets me reconfigure Alamo on the fly to meet the specific needs of each researcher's compute jobs.”

“I click on a check box and the cluster management suite installs a server, sets up a client and I'm done. Further, Bright's ease of use and full integration with job schedulers have produced major time savings.”

“I don't need to spend hours writing and maintaining scripts because everything just works.”

“I get dedicated product support, so I don't waste time searching forums and message boards for answers. In addition, I can easily reproduce any testing environment in minutes and rapidly deploy a new environment.”

“My decision was based on minimizing the time required to manage the cluster: automatic time-consuming tasks and reducing complexity — balanced with providing a high level of service to our users. In the end, I selected Bright Cluster Manager.”

— David Gignac, Senior Systems Administrator responsible for the FutureGrid cluster at TACC

Learn more

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University logo

“We needed a more sophisticated solution that would minimize the effort required to monitor and manage our computing clusters, Bright gives us full visibility to every aspect of our cluster in an intuitive GUI, and makes it fast and easy to make changes.”

“Compared to the open source toolkits we were using, we typically save at least a day per month on just systems maintenance alone.”

“Another significant benefit we have seen here at the Center is increased system productivity to analyze proteins associated with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, the cluster churns massive datasets on an ongoing basis.”

“Bright’s pre-job health checks ensure that poorly functioning nodes are excluded from job runs, preventing system-related job crashes while sending us alerts to speed problem resolution.”

“We get a lot more work done with Bright.”

— Dr. Justin MacCallum, Junior Fellow, Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology at Stony Brook University

Learn more

INPE

INPE logo

“We needed a solution that minimized the time and expense of cluster management.”

“With Bright, we are able to spend nearly all of our time simulating and investigating complex aerospace engineering models.”

“We chose Bright because its highly intuitive, integrated approach for managing our HPC cluster and associated libraries saves us a lot of time, and eliminates the need to hire staff to manage our cluster.”

— Dr. Elbert E.N. Macau, Professor of Computing and Applied Mathematics at INPE

Learn more

Murex

Murex logo

“IT resources are rare these days and Bright Cluster Manager enabled us to avoid investing a huge number of man days rediscovering what others have already done, or re-developing something internally that we would have had to support for years.”

“The possibility to extend our cluster with EC2 is perfectly suited to our usage since, from time to time, we need to run some benchmarks on huge test cases which exceed our own compute capacity.”

— Pierre Spatz, Head of Quantitative Analysis at Murex

Learn more

Boise State University

Boise logo

“In the past, I've tasked graduate students with cluster management using open source toolkits. This approach was low cost, but time consuming on my part, and somewhat risky.”

“At Boise State, we don't have the bandwidth to write scripts for node installation, synchronization or for ongoing cluster maintenance — which are extremely time-intensive tasks.”

“Bright makes tackling these tasks fast and easy, and lets us automate a lot of important but tedious procedures.”

“Bright cuts my own workload by 50%, and pays for itself over and over in terms of headcount savings.”

“At one point, several of our nodes were rebooting for no apparent reason, Bright's support team advised me on how to secure shell (SSH) tunnel via web browser into our cluster. Within a very short period of time, our cluster was up and running again, and a situation that could have presented a major issue was averted.”

“Bright's responsive team is unparalleled in terms of their around-the-clock accessibility and problem-solving abilities.”

— Ken Blair, HPC Systems Engineer at Boise State University

Learn more

SHAO

SHAO logo

“Bright helps us manage our cluster with much less effort, so that we can concentrate on our investigation to better understand the formation and evolution of cosmic structures by comparing computational simulations with observational data.”

“Bright Cluster Manager is easier to install and manage than open source alternatives on the market.”

“Because our scientists are also responsible for system administration, they are pleased to have a solution that allows them to spend less time on script-writing and more time on the science of understanding our universe.”

— Professor Weipeng Lin, Associate Director at the SHAO for Galaxy and Cosmology

Learn more

SGRI

Scherm logo

“Bright enables us to change the operating system in our development cluster within seven minutes, to meet specific application testing requirements.”

“This capability, combined with the ability to quickly test applications across multiple configurations has made it possible to reduce an array of clusters down to only one.”

“We've experienced substantial savings in terms of hardware, maintenance and a reduction in staff hours.”

“An added benefit of moving to Bright Cluster Manager is the intuitive GUI.”

“We have full visibility to every aspect of our cluster, even down to the temperature of our GPUs.”

“The GUI makes it very easy to manage our cluster, and the extensive features of Bright save us a lot of effort.”

— Duan Wenchao, Senior Engineer at SGRI

Learn more

ITA

“Based on our experience with Beowulf clusters, we were convinced that we'd need to hire a specialist to help with cluster management as we added more nodes to meet increasing compute demands, and to keep our system running.”

“But after experiencing Bright, we decided that was entirely unnecessary.”

“Our scientists can themselves monitor node health with ease, and can reboot specific nodes, if necessary, with the click of a mouse.”

“Critically, we manage our cluster with minimal time investment, so we can focus efforts on conducting research.”

— Erico Rempel, Associate Professor and Researcher at ITA

Learn more

NCL

NCL Logo

“Bright Cluster Manager eliminates the complexity of managing and monitoring large clusters.”

“Bright is vastly superior to the tools approach we have used in the past — it gives us total visibility and control of the cluster through its intuitive GUI.”

“As a result, our customers are able to focus on conducting research rather than on cluster configuration and management.”

— Dr. Sudip Roy, Scientist at Physical Chemistry and Material Science Division at NCL

Learn more

NCL

NCL Logo

“Bright offers advantages over our previous open source solution.”

“For example, before selecting Bright, when we needed to change our cluster's master node IP address we had to reinstall the entire cluster from scratch.”

“This is a time consuming and frustrating process; one we want to avoid going forward. With Bright, we can change IP addresses on-the-go, without disruption.”

“And we have started installing Bright on our older clusters to help manage all workloads more effectively.”

— Dr. Kumar Vanka, Scientist at NCL

Learn more

Tokyo Institute of Technology

TokyoTech logo

“We scientists are time-constrained, our priority is our research, not managing our clusters.”

“Bright is intuitive to use, and effectively manages my cluster without the need for me to waste time writing scripts, or synchronizing management tool revisions.”

“Provisioning is fast and easy too. I prefer this approach over open source toolkits.”

— Dr. Akinori Yamanaka, Gordon Bell Prize Winner and an Assistant Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology

Learn more

CSCC

CSCC logo

“Our academic courses focus primarily on Windows-based networking and cyber security, so our students don't typically have a great deal of experience with Linux.”

“Interns working on our Linux-based HPC cluster team needed a management solution that was easy-to-use.”

“Bright Cluster Manager enabled them to quickly configure and test their HPC cluster, before running Linpack benchmarking assessments and performance tests.”

“A key success factor for the team was to use a management solution that required little time to learn and implement, yet that was capable of ensuring we met our ultimate objectives.”

— Professor Dan J. Heighton, Professor of Cyber Security and HPC at CSCC

Learn more

Avetec

Avetec logo

“Many students lack direct, hands-on HPC experience.”

“Bright Cluster Manager empowered the interns at our facility to quickly overcome many of the technical challenges posed by HPC cluster management.”

— Ronda Black, Systems Specialist at Avetec

Learn more

ORNL

ORNL logo

“When a job fails, the source of the problem is often difficult to identify. A job that crashes can run fine on another cluster, or even on the same cluster if you run it again.”

“You can spend hours in the data center pulling your hair out, pulling up floor tiles, or worse. Is it the machine? The middleware? The code itself? Or the data?”

“I spent a hundred hours or more over 5 months writing scripts to isolate the problem - a significant time investment, and a lot of crashed jobs.”

— Jesse Trucks, HPC Cyber Security Administrator at ORNL

Learn more

Fermilab

Fermilab logo

“The black hole node syndrome is a serious issue. There are many subtle problems from apparently healthy nodes that can create cascading job failures.”

“The bigger the job, the more nodes, the higher the probability of failure.”

“We lose approximately .5% of jobs run due to BHNS - netting out to roughly 9,000 job crashes per year.”

“It's not always evident that there is a problem at first. The scheduler continuously assigns new jobs to the unhealthy nodes.”

“We don't realize there may be a problem until we notice that an extremely high rate of job failure has occurred on part of the cluster.”

— Dr. Don Holmgren, Computer Services Architect at Fermilab

Learn more

Massey University

Massey logo

“What appealed to us about Bright Cluster Manager is that it is fully integrated and easy to use.”

“It’s leaps and bounds better than anything we have worked with in the past.”

— Dr. James Avery at Massey University

Learn more

Massey University

Massey logo

“Installing a cluster with Bright is much easier and faster.”

“It’s especially useful that we can install new compute nodes to our cluster in minutes, or quickly re-purpose hardware. Bright minimizes the effort of tasks that previously took a lot of work, in a straightforward, intuitive manner.”

“It’s also helpful to us that Bright has a complete development environment with everything we need.”

“We were using Rocks and other open source toolkits, wasting far too much time on customization and keeping the various tool versions synchronized. We were reluctant to make changes to the system — it created too much overhead.”

— Dr. Michael Wormit at Massey University

Learn more

Universidade do Vale do Paraíba

UNIVAP logo

“We were looking for a cluster management solution that would remove the complexity of managing our CPU/GPU cluster.”

“We are researchers, not sys admins, and prefer to spend our time on science. We chose Bright because it’s efficient, easy to learn and use, and takes little of our time to get the most out of our HPC cluster. Further, we needed a solution that would easily scale as we expand our system.”

“Bright’s unified environment is a big advantage for us.”

— Dr. Irapuan Rodrigues professor of Physics at UNIVAP.

Learn more

Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University logo

“HPC provides the backbone for our research”

“We rely on Bright Cluster Manager as part of our larger HPC environment. Its easy to use and displays critical information such as dips in CPU performance in a graphically appealing interface. This allows us to always have critical information available.”

— Rob Hetland, associate professor, Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University.

Learn more

Boeing

Airplane

“Bright Cluster Manager’s rapid rebooting across nodes has reduced our node provisioning by a factor of ten, and it’s done with a few mouse-clicks.”

— Greg Siekas, High Performance Computing Technical Lead at Boeing

Learn more

Boeing

Airplane

“This supports one of Boeing’s IT priorities to realize productivity gains by streamlining processes and tools to eliminate waste.”

— Luis Gutierrez, Boeing ITI Global Data Center and Server Infrastructure Director

Learn more

454 Life Sciences Roche

454 Life Sciences logo

“We are a longtime user of Bright Cluster Manager, and have benefited from its totally integrated approach and intuitive interface.”

“We are excited about the possibility of using Bright to burst into the cloud and instantly increase compute power as and when required.”

— Asya Shklyar at Roche

Learn more

Boise State University

Boise logo

“Your support was excellent!”

— Ken Blair, Boise State University

Learn more

Boise State University

Boise logo

“I'm really starting to like your product. It saves me many configuration man hours and simplifies run-time administration.”

— Ken Blair, Boise State University

Learn more

Boise State University

Boise logo

“There is no way in hell I could run a one-man shop like this without Bright Cluster Manager.”

— Ken Blair, Boise State University

Learn more

Drexel

Drexel logo

“Bright Cluster Manager was a good choice for us. I’m a scientist, not a system manager.”

“The Bright GUI is intuitive and extremely easy to use. I can do everything I need to do on the system remotely — I almost never visit our cluster. I get alerts when attention is required, and am able to hand off much of the overall system management with confidence to an enthusiastic undergraduate.”

— Dr. Steve McMillan, Professor of Physics and Atmospheric Science, Drexel University

Learn more

Bordeaux 1

DICE validated emblem

“In the end Bright Computing's flexible user portal and its powerful cluster management software was an important part of our decision.”

— Pierre Gay, Lead Systems Administrator, University Bordeaux 1

Learn more

DICE

DICE validated emblem

“Developed to meet the increasing demands of today's HPC data centers, Bright Cluster Manager provides the capacity, scalability and interoperability to centrally manage clusters over locally and widely distributed and heterogeneous HPC infrastructures.”

— Roger Panton, Executive Director of the DICE program

Learn more

Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC)

“TACC always evaluates several vendors, and for this particular project Bright was the best choice.”

“We were impressed with the Bright Cluster Manager demo at the SC09 conference and decided to make a detailed evaluation here at TACC. Our findings confirmed to us that Bright was what we needed: a powerful cluster management solution that is easy to use, flexible and very capable.”

“Bright met our demanding requirements straight out of the box.”

— Tommy Minyard, Director of Advanced Computing Systems at TACC

Learn more

Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC)

“The FutureGrid project calls for tremendous flexibility from the cluster management software. Aside from our own needs, we must meet the complex requirements of the FutureGrid community. For example, the Project calls for the ability to efficiently provision user-created software images for each experiment, without impairing productivity.”

“Bright met this and all other challenges with ease.”

— Dave Gignac, Operating Systems Specialist responsible for the FutureGrid cluster at TACC

Learn more

Goethe University Frankfurt

“Our uniquely complex cluster represents a difficult management challenge, which is why we chose Bright Cluster Manager.”

“We needed a solution we could trust, and Bright's proven success in managing complex systems combining x86 and GPU technologies won us over.”

“We are thrilled with how Bright's comprehensive, yet easy-to-use solution helps us manage and control our very important supercomputer.”

— Prof. Volker Lindenstruth, Chair for HPC Architecture at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies

Learn more

ING Corporate Investments

“We have thoroughly evaluated both the company and its technology and have concluded that Bright is well-positioned to shake up its market and greatly extend its reach.”

“I'm impressed by Bright's rapid success in the market. Many large research, academic and commercial organizations in the US and Europe are using Bright to manage their complex systems.”

— Maarten Hopman, Head of Corporate Investments at ING

Learn more

University of Groningen

“The Bright Cluster Manager software makes the management and monitoring of the cluster very efficient and easy, and it offers a clear insight into the status of the cluster at all times.”

— Hans Gankema, Manager Server Infrastructure at the University of Groningen

Learn more

University of Frankfurt

“We are pleased to run Bright Cluster Manager on the LOEWE-CSC system because it has already proven itself on another TOP500-class supercomputer at our university.”

— Professor Volker Lindenstruth, Chair of HPC Architecture at the Goethe University Frankfurt amd Main

Learn more

Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia Labs logo

“We are using several clusters of different size, architecture and complexity, and they are essential tools for our research. We require a cluster management solution that provides the flexibility to accomplish our diverse requirements, spanning from production to research and development.”

— James H. Laros III, Principal Member of the Technical Staff and computer scientist at Sandia

Learn more

University of Houston

University of Houston logo

“I am very impressed with the efficiency achieved with Bright Cluster Manager. Our cluster with 1280 cores was up and running within a few hours, ready for integration into our HPC environment. Now it is continuing to save our system administrators valuable time.”

— Professor Lennart Johnsson, Director of the TLC2 and the Advanced Computing Research Laboratory at the University of Houston

Learn more

University of Houston

University of Houston logo

“We have tried many different cluster management solutions in the past. We found Bright Cluster Manager to have a well integrated centralized management interface which is powerful and flexible enough to accommodate our specific configuration requirements.”

“For example, we like to setup our clusters with specific network configurations. Unlike previously used solutions, with Bright Cluster Manager this was very easy to configure through the intuitive GUI or the powerful command line shell.”

— Dr Ioannis Konstantinidis, Research Development Officer at the University of Houston

Learn more

University of Houston

University of Houston logo

“The centralized status and health information database simplifies troubleshooting and reduces service disturbances.”

— Erik Engquist, Systems Administrator at the University of Houston

Learn more

University of Houston

University of Houston logo

“Our cluster with 1280 cores was up and running within a few hours, ready for integration into our HPC environment. Now it is continuing to save our system administrators valuable time.”

— Professor Lennart Johnsson, University of Houston

Learn more

Technical University of Eindhoven

“We have been using Bright Cluster Manager for more than half a year now and can recommend it to anyone who wants a complete and easy-to-use software solution for his HPC cluster.”

“Using Bright Cluster Manager is a completely different experience from using the open source cluster management solutions that you can download off the web. Its GUI is very intuitive to use and offers all functionality I need as an administrator on a day-to-day basis.”

— Erik Smeets, Systems Administrator at the Technical University of Eindhoven

Learn more

CD-adapco

CD-adapco logo

“Our partnership with ClusterVision and Bright Computing has greatly helped us to setup our new cluster in a short time frame and their support engineers have been responsive and helpful.”

— Dr Christian Fauchier at CD-adapco

Learn more

CD-adapco

CD-adapco logo

“Bright Cluster Manager is a comprehensive cluster management solution that provides all the functionality that we need here at CD-adapco. Our key applications — STAR-CCM+ and STAR-CD — were easy to install and run well on the cluster.”

“Bright Cluster Manager has many features that make it easy for us to manage the cluster and allow us to focus on running our CFD and CAE applications.”

“For example, the image based provisioning makes it very easy to tailor software images and propagate changes to the compute nodes.”

— Philip Jones, Euro IT Director at CD-adapco

Learn more

 
 
Bright ROI Calculator

Erik Engquist (left) & Ioannis Konstantinidis from the University of Houston's Texas Learning and Computation Center (TLC2) in front of the Xanadu cluster

 

Product Features

Overview
Editions
Based on Linux
Intel Cluster Ready
Installation
Cluster Management GUI
Node Provisioning
Monitoring
Cloud Utilization
GPU Management
ScaleMP Management
Workload Management
Cluster Health Management
Advanced Features
User Portal
NVIDIA CUDA & OpenCL

Solutions

HPC Cluster
Hadoop Cluster
OpenStack

Customers

Customer Testimonials
Analyst Testimonials
Partner Testimonials

Resources

About Bright
Case Studies
Data Sheets
White Papers
Analyst Reports
Bright ROI Calculator
Bright Cluster Manager
HPC
Hadoop
OpenStack
Support
Product Demos
Webinars
Videos
Manuals

About

Bright
News
Events
Webinars
Awards
Press Center
Careers
Contact Us

Where to Buy

Where to Buy
Resellers Africa
Resellers Asia
Resellers Canada
Resellers Europe
Resellers Middle East
Resellers Russia
Resellers South America
Resellers USA

Contact us

+1 408 300 9448
info@brightcomputing.com
Twitter: @BrightComputing

Connect



 
 
Site Map | Legal | © 2009–2014 Bright Computing, Inc. All rights reserved.