Bright Gets Cool


By Lee Carter | August 18, 2016 | HPC



There were many fruitful conversations with partners, customers and prospects at ISC and Ter@tec during June; both were excellent networking events.

One discussion that I’d like to share with you was with CoolIT Systems, a global provider of energy efficient direct contact liquid cooling systems for datacenters and desktops. There’s clearly a growing requirement for liquid cooling; the company has more than 2 million units deployed.

CoolIT Systems and Bright have a number of shared customers around the world. When you compare customer lists, it’s not too much of a surprise that there are many similar names on each list. When it comes to clustered IT infrastructure and running the most powerful supercomputers on the planet, only the best technologies will do. Most hardware solutions come with cooling technology thrown in, and a low level cluster management solution is usually also included for good measure. But customers don’t always trust vendor add-ons to perform such critical jobs in their environments. Customers would rather shop around best for breed tools such as Bright Computing and CoolIT Systems, to make sure the platform is operating reliably and at its very best.

Take CBS, the Center for Biological Sequence Analysis in Denmark, as an example. This is the largest supercomputer on the planet dedicated to Life Sciences research, and it is managed by Bright. 

We announced the CBS project in January 2015. Shortly afterwards, we integrated CoolIT’s liquid cooling into Bright’s framework, to enable CBS to monitor the cooling technology in the Bright GUI. There are two proven benefits of liquid cooling; firstly it lowers the energy consumed for cooling, and secondly it provides the opportunity to reuse any waste heat from the servers, to heat buildings for example. By harnessing the power of Bright’s flexible monitoring and health-checking capabilities to integrate CoolIT Systems’ technologies, the CBS team can monitor the cooling system and set up automated actions to prevent system damage and ensure high availability of this critical resource should any issues be detected.     

The neat thing is that CoolIT technology is managed through the Bright interface, so it’s no more work for the customer. In fact, it improves the customer’s ability to rapidly react to change and ensure optimal performance from the IT infrastructure.

We look forward to working more closely with CoolIT Systems in the coming months, as we see clear value from coupling its direct contact liquid cooling technology with Bright’s.

EU_flag_7751.pngThis project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 711315 Bright Beyond HPC