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Brazils National Institute for Space Research deploys Bright Cluster Manager

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Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais – INPE) has selected Bright Cluster Manager to manage computing clusters in its Laboratory for Computing and Applied Mathematics (LAC). The centre, focused on applied research for aerospace engineering, uses the HPC cluster to simulate spacecraft control and orbit guidance. The National Institute for Space Research’s LAC cluster is Brazil’s first computer based on the Intel E5-2620 ‘Sandy Bridge’ processor. Bright partner Scherm Brasil, in conjunction with 12 research scientists from multiple academic departments, built and installed the new cluster in a single day.

Bright Cluster Manager was selected because its unified solution for provisioning, job scheduling, monitoring and management reduced both complexity and workload for the centre’s systems administrators. Further, Bright makes it easy to use its integrated MPI and mathematical libraries without specialised training. The LAC professors use a multitude of data libraries and models including several libraries provided by Bright: Hierarchical Data Format (HDF5), Portable Extensible Toolkit for Scientific Computation (PETSc), Intel Integrated Performance Primitives (IIPP), and the GNU MultiPrecision library (GMP). The scientists needed to access and manage compilers, the message passing interface (MPI) libraries, and the mathematical libraries. Bright Cluster Manager enables researchers to access and use multiple libraries and compilers quickly and easily.