What’s new in version 7.1 of Bright Cluster Manager for HPC? Check out our 3-part vodcast series for the latest updates and enhancements.


By Lionel Gibbons | August 27, 2015 | HPC cluster management, HPC, HPC News



Version 7.1 of Bright Cluster Manager for HPC was recently released and my colleague Ian Lumb, Product Marketing Manager, discusses its interesting new features and capabilities in a 3-part vodcast series.

In Part 1, Ian takes us through the most significant improvements in version 7.1 and tells us how they will help end users.  According to Ian, version 7.1 enhancements fall into two main categories – completeness and robustness. These improvements help users deploy, use and maintain HPC clusters on the ground – or in the cloud.

Ian explains how version 7.1 is more complete at every level – from bare metal to the top of the application stack. It features fully integrated support for Dell BIOS. Users now have the ability to configure BIOS parameters and can switch between predefined BIOS modes and profiles -- all from either the Bright GUI or the Bright command line (CMGUI/CMSH). Users can now configure custom BIOS settings for individual nodes or a category of nodes. Also new is a feature that lets users build custom kernels. Slide4

Moving up the stack, Middleware has not been neglected, with enhanced workload management capabilities, like dedicated management for Univa Grid Engine (UGE) and Slurm.

Version 7.1 supports a rich collection of HPC software and an updated tool chain for HPC developers, including the latest open source MPI libraries. Support for the latest GPUs is another important feature Ian discusses, along with support for Intel’s Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor.

The new version is also more robust – from internals to integrations. Internals performance and reliability has been improved, which is of special interest to those who need to scale up their HPC environments to increasingly larger degrees. Version 7.1 also includes six new CMSH commands, background task monitoring, as well as a completely refactored user portal. Check out the vodcast to learn all about these enhancements and many others.

After tuning in for the basics on all the new version 7.1 enhancements, stay tuned for Part 2, which will focus on how version 7.1’s integrated support for Puppet and Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre will allow for advanced customization and configuration.

Then watch Part 3, which will review how and where existing HPC customers can upgrade to the newest version. Spoiler alert – there’s no need to wait! You can try 7.1 immediately. Existing customers can download the new version using their product key. If you are new to Bright Cluster Manager, head to http://www.brightcomputing.com/Solutions-HPC

To view the three part series, head to our YouTube Page.

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