"Getting Bright!" - in 2 minutes

By Bill Harries | April 12, 2019

I recognize that most readers of this blog are pretty well versed in the complexities of managing large scale clusters for high performance computing, artificial intelligence, etc.  But it might not be so obvious to your colleagues or others that need to understand why commercial-grade software with enterprise-class support is so critical to efficiently deploying and managing these complex systems.  Or why managing geographically disbursed clusters is so challenging.  Or why understanding who is using the cluster resources and how allocating those resources efficiently is crucial to the ROI of these very large investments in hardware, applications, and data centers. 

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Bright Joins Dell EMC at Rice Oil & Gas and GTC

By Lori Martin | April 09, 2019

It was a great privilege for Bright to be an invited guest of Dell EMC at two recent industry events.

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Bright to Attend the Advanced Scale Forum April 15-17

By Tim Ranagan | April 04, 2019

We are excited to share with you that Bright Computing will be attending the Advanced Scale Forum this year as a bronze sponsor. The conference is being held April 15 – 17 at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, in Ponte Vedra FL, and we expect it to be an exciting event!

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Automating tasks with Ansible on Bright Cluster Manager head nodes and software images.

By Bright Engineering Staff | April 02, 2019

Ansible is a simple, agentless IT automation tool that anyone can use. In this blog post, we will look at automating head node and software image tasks using Ansible.

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Homegrown Cluster Management...Just because you can, doesn't mean you should Pt. 2

By Bill Wagner | March 28, 2019

Picking up from last week, I illustrated a common dialogue between IT administrators and executive leadership concerning the decision to build an HPC cluster management solution. Now that the green light has been given to build, all of that money you “saved” by not using commercial cluster management software allowed you to buy more hardware to support jobs from end users, right?  You can see the extra servers on the floor, so you must be providing your users with more capacity for work, right?  Maybe not. Does the do-it-yourself approach you developed tell you precisely which system resources are actually being used by end users, and for which jobs?  Or, are users requesting more resources for their jobs than they really need and sitting on them (unused), preventing other users from gaining access to do real work?  And one more thing … how much server/system resource is being inefficiently consumed by the processes of your do-it-yourself cluster management solution at the expense of real work for users?  The point is, that cluster that appears to be 95% utilized is very likely to be far less productive than you think. 

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It all started in Tokyo - Bright's growing business in Asia

By Lee Carter | March 26, 2019

Having just returned to my home base in the UK after attending the 2nd running of Supercomputing Asia, where I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with many of Bright’s customers and partners attending the show, I started thinking about how our business got started in the Region.   

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It’s time to throw both IT and the AI Data Scientist a life preserver!

By Dan Kuczkowski | March 21, 2019

Everyone in the computer business knows just how hot the machine learning (ML) space is today.  The promise, as well as the demands, being placed on the AI data scientist by their companies, are numerous.  For most of these people, their GPU laden computers used to run analysis are viewed as just a tool. Often, each data scientist is provided with their own powerful computer and they don’t want to be burdened with the need to operationalize these computers. Simply put, they just want to run their jobs as quickly as possible.

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Homegrown Cluster Management…Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should Pt. 1

By Bill Wagner | March 19, 2019

The historical thinking behind building and maintaining your own HPC cluster management solution using open source tools goes something like this:  “We have smart people that can build this. We have limited capital budget. Commercial cluster management software costs money, but open source tools like xCAT, Rocks, OpenHPC and others are free. If we build a solution ourselves using open source tools, we can use the savings to buy more hardware.”  

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Edge Computing

By Jill King | March 14, 2019

In a variety of industries, such as healthcare, smart retail outlets, manufacturing, agricultural, financial, and many other, trends in data collection, analysis, storage, and retrieval, have come together to make the Edge Computing one of the highest value propositions in recent years for many enterprises. However, the path to an Edge strategy that is both efficient and cost effective is often not easily found. IT organizations tasked with processing the influx of time-critical data generated by connected devices and applications at the edge are running into the challenge executing a solution that won’t increase network loads or limit the response to real-time insights.

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Easily Manage a Diverse Set of Workloads with Bright Cluster Manager

By David Dean | March 12, 2019

High-Performance Computing has undoubtedly changed in the last few years and administrators are frequently tasked with supporting unusual request. Gone are the days of all HPC cluster users being script savvy Computer Scientists who speak BASH as fluently as they do English.

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