Bright Cluster Manager Expands Time for Science at National Chemical Laboratory in India


Researchers drop Rocks; choose Bright Cluster Manager to save time and effort managing their HPC clusters

By Bright Staff | Jun 17, 2012 3:00:00 PM |



San Jose, California — Bright Computing announced today that the scientists at the National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) in India have selected Bright Cluster Manager® to help streamline the process of installing, integrating and managing new clusters for polymer-based research. These scientists— who run complex molecular dynamics simulations on HPC clusters—previously relied on scripting Rocks with other open source tool kits to manage their clusters. The NCR team chose Bright instead, to eliminate the need for Linux expertise or custom scripting. NCL’s scientists can focus on their research instead of wasting time synchronizing management toolkits and squinting at endless command lines to keep their clusters running.

NCL is a globally recognized research and development organization specializing in chemical sciences and engineering. The organization’s newest cluster, installed by Bright partner Hinditron, comprises 19 AMD dual-socket nodes. NCL relies on Bright Cluster for provisioning, scheduling, monitoring and management their cluster. In the coming months, NCL will expand this system to a much larger cluster, using Bright to ensure a smooth installation and testing process.

"Bright Cluster Manager eliminates the complexity of managing and monitoring large clusters" said Dr. Sudip Roy, NCL Scientist at Physical Chemistry and Material Science Division. "Bright is vastly superior to the tools approach we have used in the past — it gives us total visibility and control of the cluster through its intuitive GUI."

Another NCL scientist agrees.

“Bright offers advantages over our previous open source solution,” said Dr. Kumar Vanka, NCL scientist, and colleague of Dr. Roy. “For example, before selecting Bright, when we needed to change our cluster’s master node IP address we had to reinstall the entire cluster from scratch. This is a time consuming and frustrating process; one we want to avoid going forward. With Bright, we can change IP addresses on-the-go, without disruption. And we have started installing Bright on our older clusters to help manage all workloads more effectively.”

“Our partnership with Bright Computing has been integral in augmenting our HPC solutions offerings," said Venkat Ramana, Vice President at Hinditron. "Since Bright provides an intuitive, complete cluster management solution, it clearly offers advantages over existing alternatives. As a result, our customers are able to focus on conducting research rather than on cluster configuration and management.”

Hinditron is the authorized reseller for Bright Cluster Manager in India.

“The HPC market in India is ramping up, as research organizations and India recognize the value of high performance computing in driving innovation and competitiveness,” said Dr. Matthijs van Leeuwen, CEO of Bright Computing. “We are fortunate to partner with Hinditron, with their strong HPC skillset and customer-focused approach to meeting compute challenges.”

About National Chemical Laboratory

NCL is an interdisciplinary research center in Pune, India focused on polymer science, organic chemistry, catalysis, materials chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemical sciences and process development.

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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