New Supercomputer “Ookami” Installed at Stony Brook, Underpinned By Bright


By Lee Carter | November 13, 2020 | HPC, Bright Cluster Manager, HPE, Stony Brook



I was thrilled to read in the news today, that the Ookami computer at Stony Brook University has been launched and is now available to researchers nationwide as a testbed for exciting new high-performance computing technology. 

I feel like we have been alongside Stony Brook for the majority of their HPC journey, first announcing our collaboration in 2012.  And what a valuable and loyal customer they are for Bright.

It was in 2012 that Stony Brook first decided to replace the less-than-reliable open source tools they’d been using and invest in Bright’s enterprise-grade cluster management technology, with a goal to unlock increased system productivity.  

In 2016, we reported back; it was time for a supercomputing upgrade at Stony Brook, and once again they chose to underpin the system with Bright Cluster Manager. This time, Stony Brook expanded its footprint with Bright to also manage an exciting new OpenStack environment. Yet again, a leader of its time.

Today, Stony Brook is in the news with Bright Computing again. On this occasion, their Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS) has installed a computer system that employs the same processor technology as the fastest and most power efficient supercomputer in the world, the Fugaku supercomputer at the RIKEN Center for Computational Science in Japan. The new computer at Stony Brook is named Ookami (wolf in Japanese) and is run by IACS in partnership with the Center for Computational Research at the University at Buffalo. 

Ookami is one of the first computers outside of Japan to be powered by the HPE Apollo 80 system, which was originally developed by Cray and Fujitsu, and uses the Fujitsu A64FX processor. This ARM-based processor includes multiple innovations integrated with very fast, low-latency memory that together make it easier for science and engineering applications to reach both high performance and high power efficiency, therefore “greener” technology.

Bright Cluster Manager is reducing the burden of building and managing the new high-performance Linux clusters, eliminating complexity, and enabling flexibility. As a long-time user of Bright Cluster Manager, Stony Brook is able to leverage the skills they have already invested in, to efficiently deploy and commission this exciting new HPE platform. 

Bright has a long history of working with Cray on state-of-the-art supercomputers, and we are delighted to continue this under the new merger with HPE. Our engineers have also worked closely with Fujitsu’s A64FX-based development team to ensure Bright Cluster Manager seamlessly manages A64FX-based systems, like the HPE Apollo 80, in the same way it manages traditional x86-based servers. So we are proud to play our part in bringing all these technologies together for our valued customer, Stony Brook. 

I am sure Stony Brook will continue pushing the boundaries of HPC over the next four years, and here at Bright, we are committed to our long-standing partnership and to ensuring Bright Cluster Manager is ready to help them.   

You can read the full press release here. For more information about Bright Computing and Stony Brook, or Bright Computing and HPE, please contact us.  

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