Alison Kennedy to Chair UK HPC & Big Data Conference

By Guest Contributor | January 18, 2018

This blog post has been written by Govnet Events, the organisers of UK HPC & Big Data conference.

Alison Kennedy is the Director of the STFC Hartree Centre, based at the UK’s Science and Facilities Council’s National Laboratory. The STFC’s Hartree Centre is a high performance computing (HPC) and data analytics research facility which was founded by the government in collaboration with IBM, leaders of information technology.

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What does the HPC & Big Data conference entail?

By Guest Contributor | January 12, 2018

This blog post has been written by Govnet Events, the organisers of UK HPC & Big Data conference.

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Delivered by the UK's leading speakers within the technology sector, the HPC & Big Data conference presents a tightly packed agenda exploring the key areas of computational research throughout the public and private sector.

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Time Benefits of Using a Cluster Manager vs DIY

By Lionel Gibbons | December 14, 2017


According to a recent
IDC survey, 77 percent of respondents agreed that lack of timely access to data is inhibiting their businesses. For system admins, ensuring that data and applications are available is key in the age of big data, deep learning, and Internet of Things (IoT). Perhaps the greatest resource for admins that must manage enterprise clusters is their time, and thus, the question becomes how best to save it.

Let’s look at some of the time benefits of using cluster management software over a do it yourself (DIY) management plan.

Even in the simplest environment, keeping track of all the activities involved in managing a cluster manually is not only complex but time-consuming. Enterprise clusters host multiple jobs and multiple tenants simultaneously, with mission critical applications competing for resources. Managing these clusters in a way that keeps them up and running efficiently is critical to business success. 

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Case Study - University of Nevada Las Vegas Puts its Trust in Bright and Advanced HPC

By Bright Staff | December 05, 2017

On November 7, Bright Computing announced that the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) had selected Bright technology to manage its latest supercomputing environment, and Advanced HPC for the design and implementation.

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Update: The Evolution of OpenStack

By Lionel Gibbons | November 22, 2017

If the 20-percent year-over-year deployment growth is any indication, as reported in 2016 per the latest organizational report, the clear benefits of OpenStack are no match for the historic complexity of deployment. As OpenStack continues to evolve with each new release, a pattern of improvements that make it more stable and usable emerges.

Although we’re well into adoption of release 16 known as Pike, release 15 known as Ocata is where the process of improvement for existing attributes really picked up steam. This is a significant point because the goal with Ocata was to increase stability, manageability, user experience, and interoperability of core services. By reviewing some of the latest developments in Ocata as a “mature” version of OpenStack, we can see how many adopted services have been improved in terms of management, scalability, performance, and reliability.

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Is OpenStack Blinded by Science?

By Lionel Gibbons | November 13, 2017
If this is November, this must be SC. Yes, the annual Supercomputing conference is upon us, and I’ve already had several conversations about the role OpenStack should play in scientific computing. 
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Bright to Exhibit at SC '17 in Denver Colorado

By Bright Staff | November 13, 2017

 Bright Computing is excited to be exhibiting at SC ’17.  This year, the conference is being held November 12 - 17 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver in booth #937.  During the show, Bright will be showcasing its software solutions which automate the deployment, monitoring and management of HPC, OpenStack, Big Data and Deep Learning environments. This year’s event promises to be better than ever and exhibitors will showcase revolutionary work in high performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis. Bright Computing is excited to be delivering an action-packed schedule throughout SC, with live demos, theater presentations, and more! For a comprehensive breakdown of our theater schedule and topics, click here.

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Data Center Technology: HPC, OpenStack, or Hadoop?

By Lionel Gibbons | October 30, 2017

The latest IDC big data report says the world will go from producing a current annual average of 30 zettabytes (a zettabyte is a trillion gigabytes) of data to 163 zettabytes by 2025.

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A Review of OpenStack Days Nordic 

By Piotr Wachowicz | October 20, 2017

We’ve just returned from OpenStack Days Nordic, a two-day conference in Copenhagen. As was to be expected, it was a worthwhile event.The keynotes, especially, did not disappoint.

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What Is Cloud Bursting, and Why Is It Important?

By Lionel Gibbons | October 17, 2017

According to IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Cloud 2016 Predictions, the cloud will be the preferred delivery mechanism for analytics by 2018. For enterprises across sectors, turning that prediction into reality will be driven by HPC used to run parallel applications.

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