Computerome – A Life Sciences Supercomputer of National Significance, Underpinned by Bright

By Haroon Ibrahim | November 26, 2015

The Center for Biological Sequence Analysis (CBS) comprises a team of more than 90 scientists in Denmark, who carry out research in the field of bioinformatics.

In 2014, the systems management team at CBS set about upgrading its supercomputer to cater for increasingly sophisticated requirements in high performance computing. A key requirement was for a sophisticated infrastructure management platform to automate the day-to-day administration of the powerful supercomputer.

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BioMed X: Crowdsourcing for Biomedical Innovation

By Lee Carter | November 10, 2015

When BioMed X set about building a high performance supercomputer in 2014, the decision for the cluster structure and management solution was driven by the need for the cluster to interoperate with a range of different applications. There was also a requirement for the cluster to be expandable, robust, and easy to manage.

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Infrastructure Management for High Performance Computing: Why Bright Leads the Way

By Lee Carter | May 14, 2015

With over 400 customers using Bright technology to manage their high performance computing environments, there’s no doubt that organizations around the world turn to Bright to solve a real business challenge.

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Customer's Voice: Bright Cluster Management Survey

By Lee Carter | April 08, 2015

With the release of Bright Cluster Manager 7.1 just around the corner, we decided it was a good time to gather feedback from our customers. We wanted to find out how Bright is helping people get their jobs done, and learn ways we can improve our software.

We learned a great deal about our customers’ IT environments – how big their clusters are, how many nodes / servers are being operated, which workload managers are popular, whether they use accelerators or GPUs, and how many sites are being managed. We also learned how much downtime customers experience, and which features and benefits of Bright Cluster Manager they count on most.

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How to Add a Kernel Module to a Software Image initrd In 4 Steps

By Robert Stober | April 04, 2015

There are times when you need to customize the operating system that servers in your cluster are running in order to enable some special capability. One example is enabling a server to take advantage of accelerator or GPU hardware by installing a kernel module. Bright does this automatically for some of the most popular devices, like NVIDIA GPUs, but you may have other needs. For example, kernel modules often are required to control particular storage, network, or other devices.

Carrying out such low-level modifications on a server can be risky. If done incorrectly, kernel modifications could cause the server to fail. The risk is compounded in a clustered environment since different servers may need different kernel modules to load every time they are restarted.

Fortunately, Bright Cluster Manager can minimize the risk out of installing kernel modules, and automate the process so that the cluster’s operation remains consistent.

Here’s how it’s done:

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Spinning up Hadoop with Bright

By Mark Sargeant | March 21, 2015

In recent weeks, a growing number of clients have shown interest in Bright’s infrastructure management solution for Hadoop, so I thought it would be useful to record a video to demonstrate just how easy it is to spin up a brand new instance of Hadoop by using Bright. You can view the video here.

My colleague, Michele Lamarca, was driving the technology during the demo, and it took him only five minutes to install the Hadoop distribution—barely enough time for me to get warmed up!

Most of those reading this blog post already will be familiar with the many benefits that our HPC infrastructure management solution brings; deploying from bare metal; configure, provision, manage, monitor, and health check your clusters; and radically simplifying day-to-day administration from a single pane-of-glass presentation.

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Cluster Health: Overcoming Black Hole Node Syndrome

By c. brandis | March 14, 2015

Some cluster health issues are easier to detect than others—with issues ranging from new equipment delivery checks for defective devices to the hard to detectBlack Hole Node Syndrome (BHNS). In a recent survey, more than 64% of respondents stated that black hole node syndrome has affected their systems and their work.

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Cluster monitoring vs. health checking: What’s the difference?

By c. brandis | March 11, 2015

If you are responsible for managing a cluster, you certainly use monitoring software to help you keep it running right. Many organizations, however, tend to lump cluster monitoring with cluster health checks, as if they were one and the same, interchangeable. They’re not.

One way to look at it is that cluster monitoring involves tracking and measuring data. Health checks show how well things are working (diagnostic).  

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What OpenStack Consolidation Means For Private Cloud Adoption

By Lynn Greiner | March 04, 2015

If there’s one sign of OpenStack’s increasing maturity, it’s a flurry of merger and acquisitions that may have organizations rethinking the vendors with whom they partner in the future, according to Gigaom Research’s latest CloudTracker report.

“OpenStack is heading towards a huge consolidation,” said the report, which was released in early January, calling out EMC, which acquired Cloudscaling last year, and Cisco's interest in MetaCloud as examples of a few large commercial amalgamations. However, while some industry watchers predict consolidation, the market won't be satisfied with just a few, large players. All this opens the door to vendors who understand the platform and can guide customers through the confusion towards effective implementations.

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Cluster Computing Made...Easy

By Bright Staff | October 10, 2014

Processing power.  Everybody wants it. Given the increasing demands of computing applications today, there is a growing need to find better and faster computing resources to complete tasks faster and more efficiently.  Cluster computing has been developed to meet that need.

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