SC16 is in the rear view mirror – but the energy and innovation we saw at the conference and expo will “drive” the year to come


By Kristin Hansen | November 30, 2016 | Bright Cluster Manager, HPC News, supercomputing



sc16logo.pngOur Bright Computing team has a lot to be thankful for this year – and it all came together at the 2016 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC16), in Salt Lake City, Utah a couple of weeks ago. The crowds were amazing – we spoke to hundreds of people at the booth – and they confirmed our understanding of the growing interest in extending the on-premise HPC environment into the cloud. Customers are definitely looking to manage Linux-clustered infrastructure for high performance computing, big data analytics, deep learning, and private cloud.

We had a great time discussing many interesting projects with people at the show - and thinking about how Bright Cluster Manager could help them meet their project goals. For example, many people are starting to implement containers and we were able to show them how Bright Cluster Manager™ v7.3’s integrated containers allow users to setup a Docker deployment from CMGui Kubernetes Wizard or from command line interface. We also talked about Flannel Networking integration for Kubernetes Pods as well as Docker registry integration and Docker 1.11 integration.

And speaking of containers, Bright CTO Martijn de Vries did us proud at the SC16 Exhibitor Forum, where he presented “Clouds, Containers, and Combos: Emerging Delivery Models for HPC,” along with Bright user Doug Holt from NVIDIA.

Customers were also talking about how to make integration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) easier and the need to improve the interface with the Ceph distributed object store and file system. We got some positive feedback on the ability to create multiple clusters-on-demand in parallel that we have added to Version 7.3.

All around the conference and expo hall, we heard a lot of buzz around machine learning. We enjoyed some great discussions about using machine learning frameworks that simplify deep learning projects, including Caffe, Torch, Tensorflow, and Theano. With a selection of the most popular machine learning libraries to help access datasets, the Bright deep learning solution lets customers use new deep learning techniques to create predictive applications for fraud detection, demand forecasting, click prediction, and other data-intensive analyses.

I have to admit – receiving awards for our solutions never gets old! Bright was again recognized in the annual HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards, presented at SC16. This year we received two Editors’ Choice Awards: Best HPC Cluster Solution or Technology and Best Use of HPC Application in Automotive. As Tom Tabor, CEO of Tabor Communications, publisher of HPCwire said, “Receiving their recognition signifies community support across the entire HPC space as well as the breadth of industries it serves.  We are proud to recognize these efforts and make the voices of our readers heard, and our congratulations go out to all the winners.” It was a very nice feeling to be part of this select group of award winners.  

We also got a chance to highlight our strong partnership with Dell EMC and the many ways we support their mission to achieve faster time to value. Bright Cluster Manager is embedded in Dell EMC's HPC systems, which are future-ready, pre-tested and pre-validated solutions that enable small and medium-sized enterprises to accelerate their science, engineering and analytics. These are future-ready, fl15138555_1628225944137821_3439757396029265617_o.jpgexible solutions – pre-tested and pre-validated to deliver the right research and business outcomes. Bright technology is included in systems specially designed and configured for life sciences, manufacturing, and research. The Dell EMC Validated Solutions portfolio speeds deployment and simplifies operations and management of solutions for virtualization, OpenStack cloud, big data and analytics, high-performance computing and more. 

And last, but definitely not least, we all had a great time at our annual “Beers on Bright” event, which took place at the Beerhive Pub – a cool bar with delicious beers from around the world – complete with a frosted rail on the bar that keeps the brews cold and frothy from first sip to last! Nearly 200 beer lovers attended the event, which was hosted by Rick Hill and our sales team. Aside from the beer, we all enjoyed the opportunity to meet in the great casual atmosphere and talk with our customers and partners. If you weren’t able to join us this year, mark your calendar for our next “Beers on Bright” at SC17 in Denver!

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