Bright combines two remote sites into one cluster

Mines ParisTech has selected Bright Computing's 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 more than 650 cores for general-purpose HPC, as well as large-memory and GPU nodes.

Through use of Bright Cluster Manager, Transtec extended Mines ParisTech’s existing HPC environment to incorporate the additional AMD cores and NVIDIA Tesla GPU. Even though the two sites are separated by about three kilometres, 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,' said Gregory Sainte-Luce, computer network and systems engineer at 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.'

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