Bright Cluster Manager Speeds Alzheimer's Disease Research at Stony Brook University


Scientists replace open-source management tools with Bright, minimizing system management efforts while realizing increased system productivity in their groundbreaking study of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders

By Bright Staff | Nov 25, 2012 3:00:00 PM |



San Jose, California — Bright Computing — the leading vendor-independent provider of cluster management software — announced that Stony Brook University chose Bright Cluster Manager® to support its scientific research program for neurodegenerative diseases. The university’s Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology switched from open source cluster management tools to Bright Cluster Manager to save researchers time, ensure high system productivity, and to minimize the complexity of managing and using their cluster. In short, The Stony Brook scientists wanted to spend their time on research, not cluster management.

The cluster at Stony Brook’s Laufer Center consists of 40 Hewlett-Packard servers, comprising 480 CPUs and augmented with 80 Tesla NVIDIA GPUs. Using Bright Cluster Manager, the center was able to install a new HPC cluster and run full workloads in just two days. Beyond installation, Bright provides provisioning, job scheduling, cluster monitoring and management as a single, unified application — eliminating the need for researchers to waste time integrating and synchronizing cluster management toolkits.

“We needed a more sophisticated solution that would minimize the effort required to monitor and manage our computing clusters,” said Dr. Justin MacCallum, Junior Fellow, Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology at Stony Brook University. “Bright gives us full visibility to every aspect of our cluster in an intuitive GUI, and makes it fast and easy to make changes. Compared to the open source toolkits we were using, we typically save at least a day per month on just systems maintenance alone.”

“Another significant benefit we have seen here at the Center is increased system productivity,” added Dr. MacCallum. “To analyze proteins associated with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, the cluster churns massive datasets on an ongoing basis. These datasets are partitioned across large numbers of nodes. Bright’s pre-job health checks ensure that poorly functioning nodes are excluded from job runs, preventing system-related job crashes while sending us alerts to speed problem resolution. We get a lot more work done with Bright.”

Bright Cluster Manager is increasingly the solution of choice for academic institutions looking to minimize system management efforts in favor of focusing on research. Bright provides a single, totally integrated solution for provisioning, scheduling, monitoring and managing clusters, all within a single graphical user interface (GUI) or via its Cluster Management Shell. Bright also automatically cloud-enables Stony Brook’s cluster, making it easy to extend this system into Amazon EC2 for additional capacity, and manage these cloud resources as part of their local system.

About Stony Brook University

The Louis and Beatrice Laufer Center is a leader for research in physical and quantitative biology at Stony Brook University. Laufer Center researchers study biochemical networks in cells; use computational modeling to understand how proteins fold; design drugs for high-affinity binding to proteins; learn how protein motions cause biological mechanisms; explore the physical forces that drive proteins to aggregate in neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s; develop combinatorial computer algorithms for designing DNA sequences for synthetic biology; and more. Laufer Center researchers come from a broad community including Stony Brook departments of chemistry, physics, applied mathematics and statistics, computer science, molecular genetics and microbiology.

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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