Well, what a hot and busy week that was! Once again, our time in Frankfurt started with an invitation to HP-CAST where we had the opportunity to network with customers and partners, and for our Director Product Management, Robert Stober to speak on “Edge to Core to Cloud – Making the Vision a Reality.” In his session, Robert looked at the challenges of building and managing a distributed infrastructure; and talked about how organizations can achieve their goal of running a shared infrastructure that spans the edge, the core, and the cloud.
As temperatures outside soared, we moved on to the next event of the week; the Dell EMC HPC Community Meeting. This is always an excellent networking event, and the Dell team had done a great job of putting together a highly interesting agenda. We were particularly engaged in the panel session around the convergence of HPC and AI – with so much debate and interest around this topic right now, this presented a great opportunity for some very interesting follow-on discussions to explain how Bright can help our customers with this.
And so, on to the key event of the week! The ISC Expo doors opened on Monday, June 17th for three action-packed days of back-to-back meetings, booth presentations, product demos, and socializing!
This year, the Bright booth theater offered a session at the top of each hour, allowing booth visitors to hear from our partners such as Dell EMC, NVIDIA, Microsoft, Intel, and BeeGFS. Our technical team was also on hand to give regular presentations on everything from Bright Cluster Manager 8.2 to Bright Edge, from Bright OpenStack to Kubernetes, from Workload Accounting and Reporting to DGX. Our CTO, Martijn de Vries was also in hot demand, presenting our vision for cloud bursting in the Microsoft booth, and our exciting plans for Edge computing in the Expo Forum.
The show floor kept us busy with existing customers engaging with Bright to explore the next phase of their deployment; sometimes looking at Bright Edge, sometimes seeking help with their AI and deep learning plans. Added to this, there were plenty of companies that were new to Bright, who were seeking a better understanding of how clustered infrastructure management could help them with the day-to-day running of their HPC environment or datacenter. As usual, the annual Beers on Bright event was great fun and well attended. Thanks to you all for stopping by and sharing a beer with us.
Overall, despite the heatwave and sometimes questionable aircon, we had a great time in Frankfurt. It’s certainly the best place in Europe to network with anyone who is anyone in the HPC space. We look forward to seeing you there again next year!