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TACC Selects Bright Cluster Manager for FutureGrid Project
Combines Dell hardware with industry’s most advanced cluster management software to tackle complex challenges in grid and cloud computing
TACC’s role in the project is to host one of FutureGrid’s six current HPC clusters, to contribute to the development of the user portal, and to provide tools to help users perform experiments.
Tommy Minyard, Director of Advanced Computing Systems at TACC comments: “TACC always evaluates several vendors, and for this particular project Bright was the best choice. We were impressed with the Bright Cluster Manager demo at the SC’09 conference and decided to make a detailed evaluation here at TACC. Our findings confirmed to us that Bright was what we needed: a powerful cluster management solution that is easy to use, flexible and very capable. Bright met our demanding requirements straight out of the box.”
“This project calls for tremendous flexibility from the cluster management software,” said Dave Gignac, Operating Systems Specialist responsible for the FutureGrid cluster at TACC. “Aside from our own needs, we must meet the complex requirements of the FutureGrid community. For example, the Project calls for the ability to efficiently provision user-created software images for each experiment, without impairing productivity. Bright met this and all other challenges with ease.”
FutureGrid is an experimental grid and cloud test-bed comprised of about 1,000 advanced computer processing units distributed across the United States. The project is lead by Indiana University and includes a number of partners. HPC systems are currently installed at Indiana University-Bloomington, The University of Texas at Austin, the University of California San Diego, the University of Chicago/Argonne National Lab, and the University of Florida in Gainesville. The goal of this project is to make it easier for scientists to conduct experimental computational science research that requires specific configurations and repeatable experiments. FutureGrid will become part of the NSF's TeraGrid high performance cyber infrastructure. It will increase the capability of the TeraGrid to support innovative computer science research requiring access to lower levels of the grid software stack, the networking software stack, and to virtualization and workflow orchestration tools. Full integration into the TeraGrid is anticipated by October 2011. http://www.futuregrid.org
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Bright Computing is a specialist in cluster management software and services for high-performance computing (HPC). Its flagship product — Bright Cluster Manager — with its intuitive graphical user interface and powerful cluster management shell, makes clusters of any size easy to install, use and manage, including systems combining Intel/AMD processors with GPGPU technology. Bright's minimal footprint enables HPC systems to be utilized to their maximum potential, from departmental clusters to large-scale systems. Bright Cluster Manager is the management solution of choice for many research institutes, universities, and companies across the world, including several Top500 installations. Bright Cluster Manager is certified as Intel® Cluster Ready. Bright Computing has its headquarters in San Jose, California. http://www.brightcomputing.com