By Bright Staff | Dec 13, 2011 3:00:00 PM |
San Jose, California — Bright Computing today announced that the Department of Oceanography at Texas A&M University has selected Bright Cluster Manager® to manage its AMD Opteron-based HPC Cluster. This system, installed by Bright partner Advanced HPC, is being used to study the environmental impact of oil spills and poisonous algae, as well as ocean currents as a predictor of weather forecasts.
Each year there are hundreds of ocean oil spills. Through its HPC clusters, Texas A&M is able to conduct forensic analysis, create operational models and run thousands of simulations based on the location of oil rigs, statistical maps, and models of the ocean floor. This research results in more accurate predictions on the expected reach of a spill, how it will affect the shoreline, and the extent of the damage. These models also support recommendations for the safest and most effective ways to clean up a spill.
Additional HPC-related research from the department of Oceanography spans various departments throughout Texas A&M University including physics, biology and geology. This research enables professors and students to advance their knowledge of oceanography and its sustaining life forms.
“HPC provides the backbone for our research,” said Rob Hetland, associate professor, Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University. “We rely on Bright Cluster Manager as part of our larger HPC environment. Its easy to use and displays critical information such as dips in CPU performance in a graphically appealing interface. This allows us to always have critical information available.”
Texas A&M University uses Bright Cluster Manager to provision, monitor and manage a cluster to better understand the flow of ocean currents. Bright’s software also addresses the department’s requirements to more effectively run CPU- and bandwidth-intensive computing programs that support computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and hydrodynamic models of ocean flow.
The Department of Oceanography is committed to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge about the ocean. We educate students about the ocean in the classroom and develop their research skills by involving them directly in research ashore and on ships in all oceans of the world. We study processes and interactions among oceans, atmosphere, biosphere and geosphere by collecting, analyzing, and modeling large data sets to solve important complex problems of immediate and long-term concern to society. http://ocean.tamu.edu/
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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