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Offloadable Monitoring with Bright Cluster Manager

By Robert Stober | May 27, 2021

The HPC industry is marching towards the delivery of the first exascale systems, composed of tens-of-thousands or hundreds-of-thousands of server nodes and exotic software stacks to manage it all. While the first systems will have a limited audience, exascale systems will increasingly move down-market to reach large numbers of enterprises. As exascale systems make their way into commercial enterprises, the need for more standardized, out-of-the-box management tools will follow.   

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Redfish Automated BIOS Management with Bright

By Robert Stober | April 22, 2021

Did you see that Bright Cluster Manager 9.1 introduces support for Redfish BIOS management? This feature enables administrators to view and update BIOS parameters on any/all nodes of the cluster that support the Redfish specification from the command line or Bright View. This reduces complexity and the effort that admins face when updating BIOS settings across their cluster.

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Understanding the Bright Cluster Manager 9.1 Integration with Jupyter

By Robert Stober | April 15, 2021

Bright Cluster Manager 9.1 includes an integration with Jupyter Notebook that accomplishes several important things that make Jupyter a more effective and powerful tool for users:

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What’s New with Auto-Scaler in Bright Cluster Manager 9.1

By Robert Stober | April 01, 2021

Bright Cluster Manager includes a feature called Auto Scaler that dynamically scales HPC workload management (WLM) and Kubernetes clusters based on workload demand, subject to configured policies. Auto Scaler is the engine that drives the hybrid cloud. It can repurpose and/or re-image on-prem and edge nodes and it can automatically extend the cluster to the cloud. 

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Learn About the Openshift Integration in Bright Cluster Manager 9.1

By Robert Stober | March 25, 2021

I’m pleased to say that now Bright provides cluster management for OpenShift, organizations can manage their OpenShift infrastructure through Bright, unlocking many Bright benefits such as gaining the increased capabilities, flexibility, and extensibility.  

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Under the Covers of the Vmware Integration in Bright Cluster Manager 9.1

By Robert Stober | March 18, 2021

There is a lot of excitement around Bright Cluster Manager 9.1 providing an integration with vSphere, as it allows high-performance clusters to be created and managed without the need for skills and knowledge of vSphere.

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Taking a Look at the Ansible Integration in Bright Cluster Manager 9.1

By Robert Stober | March 11, 2021

Late last year, we announced an integration with Ansible to enable organizations who have standardized on Ansible to gain the power and flexibility that Bright Cluster Manager provides, using their configuration tool of choice.

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Fun with CMSH

By Robert Stober | July 23, 2020

Those of you who are familiar with Bright probably know that CMSH is the Cluster Management Shell. The CMSH is one of the two administrative interfaces provided by Bright Cluster Manager, the other being Bright View. Most people start off using Bright View, because it’s easy to use. But in time, most admins learn how to use the CMSH because of its power; it allows them to operate on many nodes simultaneously. Here are a couple of tips that will make your use of CMSH more enjoyable.

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Getting Started with Easy8

By Robert Stober | June 25, 2020

When we launched the Bright “Easy8” program and our BEACON user community in November last year, we took the unprecedented step of making Bright Cluster Manager free for clusters up to 8 nodes. This empowered organizations to reap the benefits of our mature commercial cluster management system at no charge.

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The WAR against inefficient HPC cluster resource utilization

By Robert Stober | March 27, 2020

To extract the most value from your HPC cluster, you need to ensure that system resources are being properly utilized.  HPC system users are notorious for over-requesting resources for their jobs, resulting in idle or underutilized resources that could otherwise be doing work for other jobs.  While one reason for this can be users hoarding resources to ensure they have what they need, another common reason why users over request resources is that they simply don’t know what resources their jobs will need to complete the job in a specified time.  For administrators to ensure that their precious and expensive cluster resources aren’t being squandered, they need to get actionable details regarding how the resources are being used.  More specifically, they need to know things like which jobs are using which resources, which jobs aren’t using resources that they’ve provisioned and which users are repeatedly hoarding resources unnecessarily, as well as other things.

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