Bright Computing Announces Significant Expansion of Bright-Run Research Cluster at the Flatiron Institute


By Bright Staff | Jul 14, 2020 6:00:00 AM |



San Jose, CA – July 14, 2020 – Today, Bright Computing, a global leader in Linux Cluster automation and management software for HPC and machine learning, announces its continued relationship with the Flatiron Institute, the in-house research division of the Simons Foundation.

The Flatiron Institute is in the process of commissioning a 320-node addition to their research cluster, to come online later this month, bringing their clustered infrastructure to over 1,300 nodes, all managed by Bright Cluster Manager. Bright’s software platform balances and manages extremely heavy workloads across several diverse scientific disciplines including astrophysics, quantum physics, data science, mathematics, and biology. Bright Cluster Manager maximizes resource utilization and increases workload efficiency, freeing researchers to focus on groundbreaking computational research instead of cluster management activities.

The Flatiron Institute is a community of scientists using modern computational tools, including data analysis, theory, modeling and simulation, to advance the basic sciences. Bright has partnered with the minds at Flatiron since 2016 to help them achieve these goals.

“When we first started out, the Flatiron Institute had very little staff. As we began to transition into a larger organization, we had to figure out how to manage a growing set of resources — but still with that limited staff,” explains Flatiron’s Scientific Computing Core Co-Director Ian Fisk, Ph.D. “Bright Cluster Manager offered us a fully supported cluster management solution that allowed our team to manage our compute resources more efficiently with very little overhead. We first deployed Bright at the Flatiron Institute when we grew from a 16-node cluster to 120 nodes, and Bright has been managing the system ever since.”

Bright Cluster Manager gives the Flatiron Institute a cutting edge, commercially supported cluster management solution that supports a heterogeneous compute environment. With Bright, system administrators can provision hardware, operating systems, and workload managers as a single unified infrastructure. At the Flatiron Institute, Bright seamlessly integrates hardware from a variety of hardware vendors, enabling their staff to re-image the cluster for upgrades, change packaging, update configurations, allocate resources, and add nodes on the fly. Bright also provides key features such as comprehensive monitoring and GPU management.

“The Flatiron Institute is comprised of over 200 scientists performing research in a variety of scientific domains. This places a requirement on their clustered infrastructure to be computationally proficient in many different ways as the resources needed for these scientific domains can be quite different from discipline to discipline. Bright Cluster Manager’s hardware-agnostic platform provides the Flatiron Institute with a single unified system that reduces complexity and promotes efficiency and ease-of-use,” said Martijn de Vries, CTO of Bright Computing. “We are dedicated to providing cluster management solutions to organizations such as the Flatiron Institute, that take the guesswork out of system administration and give researchers a faster and more efficient path to successful research.”

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Bright Computing is the leading provider of platform-independent commercial cluster management software. Bright Cluster Manager™, Bright Cluster Manager for Data Science™, and Bright OpenStack™ automate the process of installing, provisioning, configuring, managing, and monitoring clusters for HPC, data analytics, machine learning, and OpenStack environments. Bright's products are deployed in data centers around the world for organizations in healthcare, manufacturing, oil and gas, energy, pharmaceutical, financial, academic, and government. Bright has reseller agreements and technology partnerships with leading enterprise IT providers, including Dell/EMC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Cray, Intel, Huawei, Fujitsu, Nvidia, Microsoft, and Amazon.