Welcome to Bright Cluster Manager 9.0—the latest version of our market leading software for building HPC, data science and private cloud Linux clusters. Release 9.0 takes simplified cluster management to a whole new level with:
Designed to improve ease of use, lower administration costs, and increase standardization across your enterprise, these platform enhancements further Bright’s mission—offering a cluster management platform that reduces complexity and decreases the effort and risk when building and maintaining HPC clusters.
-Martijn de Vries, CTO
9.0 brings with it a variety of cloud enhancements, including:
In Bright Cluster Manager 9.0, we’ve made it even easier to combine different types of servers, CPU architectures, and operating systems. This is done by making it possible to carry out package install, update, and removal functions for any CPU architecture/operating system combination from the cluster’s head node
Workload account and reporting was first announced in version 8.1, enabling administrators to track resource utilization by job and user jobs running under HPC workload managers. With 9.0, we’ve extended this feature to include jobs running on Kubernetes.
We’ve also added the ability to run multiple instances of workload accounting and reporting, making it possible to isolate resource utilization by project and limiting visibility of resource usage to the owner of the project. 9.0 also has additional reporting capabilities in Bright View which lets an administrator or user easily drill-down on resource utilization for individual users, projects and/or applications. It has also become much easier to track GPU utilization for applications during the run-time of jobs, which allows cluster owners make sure that allocated GPU resources are utilized effectively.
We enhanced Bright View’s dashboard capabilities to include customizable dashboards for entities such as nodes, node categories, and software images. This way, administrators can track all nodes in a cluster, ensure the nodes are optimized for the types of jobs they run, and make adjustments as necessary.
We are excited to announce that in 9.0, Bright OpenStack now includes the Stein release of OpenStack, and the Nautilus release of Ceph. Bright OpenStack Stein provides multi-attach for RBD volumes, optional deferred asynchronous volume deletion, bandwidth-aware VM scheduling, and a new OpenStack placement service that replaces the nova-placement-api.
In 9.0, Bright Edge now provides more options for edge deployment, including the ability to deploy a single HPC workload management system across an entire geographically distributed cluster, or deploy individual workload managers for each location. 9.0 also provides additional capabilities that further enhance the product’s ability to continue service users and edge devices in the event of network failure.
Enhancements in job metrics and accounting & reporting functionality now makes it possible to determine the GPU usage on a per job basis over time. GPUs are typically costly resources that should be used efficiently while they are allocated for a job. Jobs that reserve GPUs and then not use them, or not use them efficiently, should be easily identifiable. Administrators can get reports on how efficient allocated GPUs were used by jobs broken down by user, account/project and job name.