Tokyo Institute of Technology Gordon Bell Prize Winner Uses Bright Cluster Manager to Develop Applications for TSUBAME 2.0 Supercomputer


Renown scientist chose Bright Cluster Manager over open source management toolkits to minimize system management effort as he builds simulations for one of the world's fastest supercomputers

By Bright Staff | Jun 5, 2012 3:00:00 PM |



San Jose, California — Bright Computing today announced that Dr. Akinori Yamanaka, a Gordon Bell prize winner and an assistant professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, relies on Bright Cluster Manager® to manage his personal cluster. Dr. Yamanaka writes and tests applications before running them on the institute’s TSUBAME 2.0 supercomputer— one of the world’s largest systems— designed to reach a sustained performance of 2.4 petaflops using a mixture of technologies from Intel, HP and NVIDIA.

The Gordon Bell Prize, considered to be the industry's highest honor, typically recognizes achievements by researchers using parallel computing to push the scientific envelope. Dr. Yamanaka and his colleagues were awarded the coveted prize in 2011 for their paper titled "Peta-scale Phase-Field Simulation for Dendritic Solidification on the TSUBAME 2.0 Supercomputer."

Dr. Yamanaka continues to research the mechanism and characteristics of binary metal solidification processes. He uses his personal cluster, built by Bright partner HPCTech Corp., as a development environment for a phase-field simulation program, for deployment on the TSUBAME 2.0 supercomputer. Phase-field simulation, involving the modeling of complex dendritic structures, is extremely compute-intensive. Dr. Yamanaka’s simulations utilize 16,000 CPU cores and 4,000 GPUs.

HPCTech built Dr. Yamanaka’s personal cluster to replicate the TSUBAME 2.0 system, to ease his efforts in developing scalable programs for deployment on TSUBAME 2.0. As importantly, Dr. Yamanaka was looking for a cluster management solution that would require minimum effort, and no learning curve, so that he could focus on his research. To meet this requirement, HPCTech built Dr. Yamanaka’s system with Bright Cluster Manager.

“We scientists are time-constrained,” said Dr. Yamanaka. “Our priority is our research, not managing our clusters. Bright is intuitive to use, and with it i can effectively manage my cluster without wasting time writing scripts, or synchronizing management tool revisions. Provisioning is fast and easy too. I prefer this approach over open source toolkits.”

“Bright is particularly beneficial for program developers– especially CUDA developers,” said Hiroshi Sato, an Engineering Manager at HPCTech. “Bright provides an excellent, comprehensive development environment for CUDA and HPC, and completely integrates GPU management into its management solution. Bright gives scientists like Dr. Yamanaka complete visibility and control of their cluster, presented in an intuitive GUI. Bright takes the complexity out of cluster monitoring and management.”

About HPCTech Corp.

HPCTech, an authorized reseller of Bright Cluster Manager, is a high-performance computing solution provider for hardware and software, as well as a systems integrator for scientific computing. Founded in 2008, HPCTech is the sole agency of Innodisk/ACTICA memory in Japan.

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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