13 Best HPC Blogs To Follow

By Lionel Gibbons | August 31, 2017

For anyone connected in any way to the evolving world of HPC, AI, big data, and other connected topics, it’s important to have a broad view of what is happening across the sector that can provide insights, ideas, education, and general news to put you in a stronger position to make decisions going forward.

With the advent of blogs and social media, it’s easier than ever to stay connected with all the latest goings-on. In fact, there are so many sources, it can be hard to figure out which ones to pay attention to.

So, without further ado, here is our latest take on the best HPC blogs to follow.

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Teaming up with Dell to bring HPC to the masses

By Bill Wagner | December 09, 2016

We were very excited at SC16 to announce that Bright Cluster Manager provides infrastructure management technology for Dell’s Blueprints program. The program includes a group of end-to-end solutions optimized and validated to meet Dell customers’ biggest challenges: big data, high performance computing, and leveraging the power and capabilities the cloud brings to businesses.

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8 Best HPC Blogs To Follow

By Lionel Gibbons | May 20, 2016


With the advent of blogs and social media, it's never been easier to keep up with the world of HPC.  In fact, there are so many sources, it can be hard to figure out which ones to pay attention to. To help you out, I polled my colleagues and compiled a list of the best HPC blogs we follow ourselves.

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Taking the roadblocks out of HPC with NVMe

By Drew Robb | October 29, 2015

Non Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) technology is starting to hit the market. It provides a brand new data transport protocol to replace aging protocols developed in the ‘90s, which bottlenecked processors by queuing traffic. NVMe increases the speed of data transfer and unlocks these bottlenecks, leading to an increase of about four orders of magnitude in queuing capability. 

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Building a Centralized Computing Resource for Researchers and Students: A Case Study

By Lionel Gibbons | September 16, 2015

Montana State University’s Information Technology Center’s Research Cyberinfrastructure (RCi) group had to build a shared community computing resource – a flexible infrastructure that would let them offer compute and storage services at an affordable price. We just completed a new case study that tells the interesting story of how they met the challenge.

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Upgrading an HPC Cluster and Solving Performance Issues: A Case Study

By Lionel Gibbons | September 11, 2015

Keeping pace with a university’s need for computing resources to support its research is not an easy task. Our latest case study tells how the University of Colorado at Boulder upgraded and added to its high-performance compute cluster used for mechanical engineering research. After they replaced their original cluster management platform with Bright Computing’s Bright Cluster Manager they boosted cluster performance by more than 10 percent for some users, and eliminated a laundry list of annoying performance issues that had a negative effect on the important research being conducted.

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0-Day Support for the NVIDIA® Tesla® K80 Dual-GPU Accelerator

By Ian Lumb | November 17, 2014

The NVIDIA® Tesla® K80 Dual-GPU Accelerator was announced at 6 am PST today at SC14 in New Orleans. Bright Computing announced support for the K80 an hour later. How did we deliver 0-day support for the K80? Easy: People. Product. Process. We’ll briefly cover The 3Ps here, so you’ll understand why your K80s will be ready for production use upon arrival. 

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Monitoring HPC Clusters: Is It Time for an Extreme Makeover?

By Ian Lumb | November 13, 2014

From the components that comprise a node (e.g., CPU cores plus accelerators and coprocessors, memory, disks), to the operating system and HPC software stack (e.g., client system for executing workload), device-specific metrics abound. As individual nodes communicate via interconnect fabrics (e.g., Ethernet, InfiniBand), metrics mushroom to reveal cluster-wide perspectives.

Everyone involved in running HPC clusters needs metrics. Hybrid-architecture, distributed systems, however, are a challenge to monitor, especially as systems scale out. Given the importance and inherent difficulties, it is not surprising that monitoring is once again topical in the HPC community. In fact, recent discussions are calling for an extreme makeover, by expressing the need to modernize monitoring for HPC clusters.

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Important questions to consider: What does your HPC cluster require now and in the future?

By Bright Staff | November 12, 2014

According to a recent article from HPC Wire, you should never think about setting up an HPC cluster as a one-time investment of time, money, and resources. The HPC cluster will have different requirements throughout its lifecycle, and should be considered an ongoing investment. The article suggests doing a needs assessment to answer some important questions: 

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University Deploys Second HPC Cluster, Names It After Professor And Internet Pioneer

By Lionel Gibbons | September 23, 2014

At one point in his career, David Farber worked on developing the U.S. Department of Defense's ARPANET into what the world now knows as the Internet. He also once served as chief technologist for the Federal Communications Commission. In 2012, he was named to the Internet Society's board of trustees. And twice over the years, Farber has been a faculty member at University of Delaware, where he currently works for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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