MINES ParisTech Selects Bright Cluster Manager for Materials Science Research Cluster


Bright integrates existing and new IT resources from two sites into a single HPC cluster

By Bright Staff | Jul 8, 2013 3:00:00 PM |



San Jose, California — Bright Computing, the leading, vendor-independent provider of management solutions for clusters and clouds, announced today that MINES ParisTech has selected Bright Cluster Manager® to provision, monitor and manage its HPC cluster. The MINES ParisTech HPC cluster is comprised of existing and new IT resources that span two, physically distinct sites interconnected via a Metropolitan Area Network (MAN). Using Bright, these resources are collectively delivered as a single HPC cluster to researchers in materials science.

Based on requirements articulated by MINES ParisTech, Bright Computing partner transtec designed and implemented an HPC cluster that added over 650 cores for general-purpose HPC, as well as large-memory and GPU nodes. Through use of Bright Cluster Manager, transtec transparently extended MINES ParisTech’s existing HPC environment to seamlessly incorporate the additional AMD cores and NVIDIA Tesla GPU. Even though the existing and new HPC resources span two sites separated by about 3 kilometers, Bright allows the MINES ParisTech IT team to manage the entire environment as a single HPC cluster. More importantly, this consolidated environment appears as a single HPC resource to MINES ParisTech researchers and their collaborators.

“The extension and consolidation of our HPC environment was facilitated by Bright Cluster Manager,” stated Gregory Sainte-Luce, Computer Network and Systems Engineer, Centre des Matériaux, MINES ParisTech. “Bright significantly eases the day-to-day management of all HPC resources. For example, using Bright’s capability to logically group nodes according to hardware type or location, we are able to rapidly perform scheduled service on a highly selective basis. The Bright-enabled efficiency and effectiveness of our IT operations is already allowing us to improve the level of service we provide to our on and off-site researchers. In fact, most of our researchers are completely unaware that their materials-science HPC cluster is in fact a consolidated resource that spans two physical sites.”

Researchers at MINES ParisTech collaborate nationally and internationally within the materials-science community. By emphasizing close ties between physical and numerical experiments, the MINES ParisTech approach has resulted in the Z-set materials science and structural analysis suite that is used by researchers in universities, government laboratories and private industry. The extended HPC cluster is a key enabler for MINES ParisTech researchers. The recent enhancements, featuring use of Bright Cluster Manager as a primary component of the solution, will ensure that MINES ParisTech researchers will be able to derive the greatest value from the organization’s ongoing investment in HPC.

About transtec

For over 33 years, transtec AG has been developing and implementing high-performance IT systems for professional users who expect more in terms of efficiency and reliability. The listed company has successful operations in the fields of virtualization, high-performance computing and IT infrastructure. transtec offers public organizations and businesses in a range of industry sectors everything from system planning to the implementation of individually tailored, future-focused IT solutions that deliver high investment security and productivity. With transtec360, the company also offers a service portfolio that safeguards the performance of IT systems beyond the implementation stage. transtec has branch offices in the Benelux countries, France, the United Kingdom and Switzerland. The company employs a workforce of 137 people and reported sales of around €44,7 million in 2012.

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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