The Bright Computing team is still reeling from the energy and excitement in the air at the 2015 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (better known as SC15), in Austin, Texas a couple of weeks ago. We talked to more than 350 people at the booth over the course of the event (which had record-breaking attendance of nearly 13,000!) and are convinced that we are on the right track – customers are trying to extend their on-premise HPC environment into the cloud, and manage the HPC environment alongside emerging technologies.
We chose SC15 to announce Bright Cluster Manager Version 7.2, which is loaded with features that respond to the growing trend toward users wanting to run HPC workloads and big data analytics in the same clustered or cloud infrastructure. Version 7.2 includes more than a dozen features that simplify OpenStack deployment, add built-in integration functionality, and greatly improve Big Data integration, including support for the latest releases from Apache, Cloudera, and Hortonworks. Version 7.2 also includes improved integration with Puppet to simplify fine-grained control over individual nodes, ZFS support to provide a robust alternative to BtrFS for software image revision control, support for Intel Omni-Path, and integration with Docker, Kubernetes, and OpenStack Liberty.
On another “Bright” note, we learned that we won the HPCwire Editor’s Choice award for Best HPC Cluster Management Solution or Technology. The award was presented at the show and it was a high point for the entire team. As Tom Tabor, CEO of Tabor Communications, publisher of HPCwire said, “HPCwire readers are among the most informed in the HPC community and these awards are ultimately given to the organizations that are making the greatest impact in advancing technology and humanity itself through high performance computing.” We were honored and humbled to be listed among such an august group.
HPCwire also announced that Bright was selected to provide the Van Andel Institute (VAI) with high-performance systems management software that lets them implement HPC cluster infrastructure in a private hybrid cloud. VAI is an independent biomedical research and science education organization doing amazing work, and we were pleased to share the news at SC15.
In one other nice piece of news unveiled at the show, Bright was named as a sponsor in Silicon Mechanics’ 5th Annual Research Cluster Grant (RCG) program. Two institutions will be awarded a complete HPC cluster; Bright provides HPC management software for the clusters awarded as part of the RCG program.
One more cool thing about the show that I loved – as reported by the official SC15 blog, during the conference, Austin became the hub for the world’s fastest conference computer network - SCinet (SC15’s custom network) which made 1.62 (16 100G + 2 10G) Terabits of bandwidth available to exhibitors and attendees. The network featured 84 miles of fiber deployed throughout the convention center and $18 million in loaned equipment. It was quite an accomplishment, and the entire Bright team definitely enjoyed the fruits of their labor.
And of course, discussion of the show would not be complete without mention of our “Beers on Bright” event, which took place at The Ginger Man, a premium Austin beer bar offering more than 50 unique beers on tap from around the world. Nearly a hundred thirsty people attended the event, which was organized by Rick Young and our sales team. It was a great opportunity to gather together with our customers and partners while so many of us were together in Austin. If you couldn’t make it this time, make sure to join us at the next “Beers on Bright” at SC16 in Salt Lake City, Utah!