Rich Brueckner Gets an Update from Bright Computing CEO Bill Wagner


Rich Brueckner Gets an Update from Bright Computing Computing CEO Bill Wagner.

A little more than a year ago, InsideHPC’s Rich Brueckner sat down with Bright’s then-new CEO, Bill Wagner, to find out what lay ahead for the company. Last week, Rich caught up with Bill for an update on how the market for clustered IT systems and Bright’s products are progressing.

Watch the video to listen to Bill explain how a new crop of applications is emerging and why they need to be deployed on HPC-like systems. These applications tend to solve the kinds of problems we’re used to having HPC tackle — modeling, simulations, and analysis — but they differ in two important ways. They tend to use new sources of data and are often sponsored by new users, new groups, and new companies that lie outside of traditional HPC. Bill tells Rich that Bright now has more than 40 customers deploying these kinds of applications, many solving deep learning and big data problems on HPC clusters.

Is “Making HPC Easy” still a theme for Bright?

Yes! Bill gives some examples of how the latest release of Bright Cluster Manager and Bright OpenStack (version 8.0) continues to make cluster management easy. Version 8.0 adds support for Microsoft Azure, giving customers another option (in addition to AWS) for building hybrid on-premises/cloud systems. He also mentions the extended support for containers with Mesos + Marathon joining the current support for Kubernetes, and the expansion of the Bright for Deep Learning solution.

What does the future hold for Bright?

Bill says that Bright will continue to add new types of workload management systems and related technologies. As HPC-like applications continue to gain momentum, the need for clustered IT infrastructure will become more pervasive. Bright will continue its mission of making cluster management easy.