University of Houston Chooses Bright Cluster Manager® for Its HPC Cluster


By Bright Staff | Oct 18, 2009 3:00:00 PM |



SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA — Bright Computing, a specialist in cluster management software and services for high-performance computing (HPC), is pleased to announce that the University of Houston's Texas Learning and Computation Center (TLC2) has chosen Bright Cluster Manager® as the preferred software for managing and using its HPC clusters. Bright Cluster Manager® was installed this summer on a 160 node cluster at TLC2 in less than a day and the cluster has been in full operation since.

"I am very impressed with the efficiency achieved with Bright Cluster Manager®. Our cluster with 1280 cores was up and running within a few hours, ready for integration into our HPC environment. Now it is continuing to save our system administrators valuable time," said Professor Lennart Johnsson, Director of the TLC2 and the Advanced Computing Research Laboratory at the University of Houston.

The new cluster, named Xanadu, consists of 160 Dell PowerEdge servers with AMD Opteron™ Barcelona quad-core CPUs and multiple Ethernet networks. Dr Ioannis Konstantinidis, Research Development Officer at TLC2, comments on the benefits offered by Bright Cluster Manager®: "We have tried many different cluster management solutions in the past. We found Bright Cluster Manager to have a well integrated centralized management interface which is powerful and flexible enough to accommodate our specific configuration requirements. For example, we like to setup our clusters with specific network configurations. Unlike previously used solutions, with Bright Cluster Manager® this was very easy to configure through the intuitive GUI or the powerful command line shell."

Erik Engquist, TLC2 Systems Administrator, adds: "The centralized status and health information database simplifies troubleshooting and reduces service disturbances."

Bright Cluster Manager® is a Linux-based cluster management software specifically designed to make HPC clusters of any size easy to install, use and manage. Its intuitive graphical user interface offers a consistent access to all management and monitoring functionality for the cluster administrators. Its HPC user environment provides a comprehensive range of HPC software development tools for the cluster users.

About Bright Computing

Bright Computing is a specialist in cluster management software and services for high-performance computing (HPC). Its flag-ship product — Bright Cluster Manager® — makes clusters of any size easy to install, use and manage, and is the cluster management solution of choice for many universities, research institutes and companies across the world. Bright Computing has its head office in San Jose, California.

About University of Houston, Texas Learning and Computation Center, and the Advanced Computing Research Laboratory

The University of Houston (UH), Texas' premier metropolitan research and teaching institution, is home to more than 40 research centers and institutes and sponsors more than 300 partnerships with corporate, civic and governmental entities. With more than 35,000 students, the University of Houston is the most diverse research university in the country.

The Texas Learning and Computation Center (TLC2) fosters and supports interdisciplinary research, education, and training in computational sciences and engineering. TLC2 has state-of-the-art computation, visualization and educational facilities for environmental studies, biological, biomedical, and energy research, undergraduate and graduate education, and teacher training.

The Advanced Computing Research Laboratory (ACRL) carries out research on innovative ways to harness computational resources for scientific and engineering applications and participates in several national and international research efforts in high-performance computing, storage, and networking.

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