Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research Selects Bright Computing for Spacecraft Simulation Cluster


Bright partner Scherm Brasil built INPE’s high performance computing (HPC) cluster with Bright Cluster Manager to ensure that researchers minimize time spent managing their cluster, while gaining maximum advantage of Bright’s integrated MPI and mathematical libraries

By Bright Staff | Oct 7, 2012 3:00:00 PM |



San Jose, California — Bright Computing — the leading vendor-independent provider of cluster management software — announced Brazil’s prestigious National Institute for Space Research (Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais – INPE) chose Bright Cluster Manager® to manage computing clusters in its Laboratory for Computing and Applied Mathematics (LAC). The center, focused on applied research for aerospace engineering, uses the HPC cluster to simulate spacecraft control and orbit guidance. INPE selected Bright Cluster Manager because its unified solution for provisioning, job scheduling, monitoring and management reduced both complexity and workload for the center’s systems administrators. Further, Bright makes it easy to use its integrated MPI and mathematical libraries without specialized training.

The National Institute for Space Research’s LAC cluster is Brazil’s first computer based on the Intel E5-2620 “Sandy Bridge” processor, which provided another point of validation for INPE’s choice of Bright: Intel’s HPC development team used Bright throughout the Sandy Bridge development process, ensuring strong compatibility between the hardware and the cluster management solution. Bright partner Scherm Brasil, in conjunction with 12 research scientists from multiple academic departments, built and installed the new cluster in a single day.

“Bright Cluster Manager is a powerful tool for building and testing HPC clusters,” said Guilherme Friol, CTO at Scherm Brasil. “We installed Bright on bare metal in under an hour, including our choice of workload manager that Bright provides as a pre-configured option. With Bright, we were able to quickly configure and test the system far faster than what is possible with other cluster management software. We also felt good about providing our customer with Bright for ongoing cluster management. They are impressed with Bright, and therefore pleased with us.”

The LAC professors use a multitude of data libraries and models including several libraries provided by Bright: Hierarchical Data Format (HDF5), Portable Extensible Toolkit for Scientific Computation (PETSc), Intel Integrated Performance Primitives (IIPP), and the GNU MultiPrecision library (GMP). The scientists needed to quickly access and manage compilers, the message passing interface (MPI) libraries, and the mathematical libraries. Bright Cluster Manager makes it fast and easy for the researchers to access and use multiple libraries and compilers.

“We needed a solution that minimized the time and expense of cluster management. With Bright, we are able to spend nearly all of our time simulating and investigating complex aerospace engineering models,” said Dr. Elbert E.N. Macau, professor of Computing and Applied Mathematics. “We chose Bright because its highly intuitive, integrated approach for managing our HPC cluster and associated libraries saves us a lot of time, and eliminates the need to hire staff to manage our cluster.”

About Scherm Brasil

Founded in 2002, Scherm Brasil is the leading supplier of high performance computing in Brazil. The company applies a unique combination of experience in engineering, with an approach based on open standards to significantly increase the return on investment for infrastructure for a wide range of customers. Global organizations use Scherm to solve complex computing challenges, meet the demands of product development, application integration and virtualization, reduce energy consumption and maintain competitiveness.

About Bright Computing

Bright Computing is transforming the way clusters are managed in the modern data center. Founded in 2009, Bright’s award winning cluster management software lets users monitor and build clusters of any size that are easy to provision, operate, monitor, manage, and scale. Bright partners include Amazon, Cisco, Cray and Dell. Customers include Boeing, NASA, Roche, Stanford University and the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Bright’s technology is running in over 500 data centers all over the globe. Bright has been recognized as a Red Herring Top 100 company and a Deloitte Rising Star winner, and was named Bio-IT World’s “Best of Show.”

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