On January 28, 2016, Bright Computing announced that it was awarded a grant of more than 1.5 million Euros by the European Commission under its Horizon 2020 programme.

The grant is being used for the Bright Beyond HPC project, which focuses on enhancing and scaling Bright's industry-leading management platform for advanced IT infrastructure, including high performance computing clusters, big data clusters, and OpenStack-based private clouds. 

"Bright Computing is honored to receive this grant and eager to place powerful new management capabilities in the hands of our customers in high performance computing, big data, and cloud,"

Dr. Matthijs van Leeuwen, Bright’s Chief Strategy Officer.

“We recognize that deployment and use of these advanced technologies is not only expanding but converging, and we remain committed to delivering a powerful, integrated ‘single pane of glass’ management platform that helps IT organizations to gain visibility, control, and peace of mind.”


  1. Horizon 2020

    Awarded by the European Commission’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME), the Horizon 2020 programme supports hand-picked businesses with global ambitions that want to disrupt the established value networks and existing markets. Bright receives funding from the programme.

    The Bright Beyond HPC project involves developing, testing, demonstrating, and validating additional software modules and functions for Bright Cluster Manager for HPC, Bright Cluster Manager for Big Data, and Bright OpenStack that will enable current and future users in enterprise, government, academic, and research organizations to manage their advanced IT infrastructure more easily than ever before.

    Project Acronym: Bright Beyond HPC
    EU Contribution: 1.512.857
    Call ID: H2020-SMEINST-2-2015
    Beneficiary: Bright Computing
    Phase: Phase 2 (2015)
  2. Bright Beyond HPC

    Over the past few years, more of Bright’s HPC users have been combining high-performance computing, big data, and cloud infrastructure, and they are seeking to apply common management platforms and paradigms across them. The Bright Beyond HPC project involves deepening Bright’s capabilities in managing high performance computing clusters, as well as extending these capabilities further – and in a tightly integrated way –  across big data clusters and OpenStack based private clouds.

    Bright Computing is a partner of the European Technology Platform For High Performance Computing (ETP4HPC), and has already reached a mature position in the High Performance Computing Cluster Management market. This project ensures further deployment into the EU market and is the necessary step for scaling up of the innovation activities in order to take High Performance Computing to the next level.

    The objective of this project is to solve the Cluster Management problem in the High Performance Computing, Big Data/Hadoop and OpenStack Cloud Computing markets by developing and bringing Bright Beyond HPC to market readiness. It shall gain advanced functionalities in the areas of Big Data and Cloud computing. The enhancements shall enable Bright Computing to expand their market position significantly and empower Bright's customers to benefit from easy, powerful, and integrated cluster management.

  3. Bright Computing

    Bright Computing is a Dutch company that provides comprehensive software solutions for provisioning and managing HPC clusters, Hadoop clusters, and OpenStack private clouds to a wide range of professional sectors in academia, government, and industries including finance, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas.

    The company deploys its software and services around the world helping big companies as well as SMEs and academic institutions run their businesses and research.

    Bright Computing deploys, manages and monitors customers' HPC, Hadoop, Deep learning, and OpenStack cloud infrastructure. Notable Bright customers include Boeing, Intel, NASA, Roche, Sinopec, Stanford University, and the Tokyo Institute of Technology.  The company partners with several companies including Amazon, Cisco, Cray and Dell.

    Peek behind the scenes at Bright Computing HQ with Chief Stategy Officer (and founding CEO) Matthijs van Leeuwen, and Chief Technology Officer Martijn de Vries: 
  4. The Bright Computing EASME Profile

The Bright Computing EASME profile can be viewed here

EU_flag_7751.pngThis project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 711315 Bright Beyond HPC

News on Bright Beyond HPC

Current status of the project:

  • Deliverable D4.1. Next gen Bright Cluster Manager for HPC v7.3 is reported to the EU Commission
  • Bright's technical release cycle lasts for 6 months. News on new versions of Bright will be linked to this page.

Communication during the release of Bright Cluster Manager for HPC v7.3 and Bright OpenStack v7.3: