PRESS RELEASE

Bright Cluster Manager 5.2

Bright Computing is now shipping version 5.2 of its Bright Cluster Manager. This latest release of the product includes multiple new features and a broad range of expanded capabilities for managing HPC clusters. These capabilities include enhanced multi-cluster support, full Cuda 4.0 support for Nvidia GPUs, tightly integrated support for on-demand SMP, additional options for integrated workload management, support for the latest releases of Linux distributions, cluster reliability improvement and an enhanced web-based user portal.

The company has enhanced its multi-cluster support beyond the ability to easily monitor and manage multiple clusters from a single GUI or CLI. Bright Cluster Manager 5.2 enables any cluster settings, including monitoring rules, health checks, user information and access roles, to be exported from one cluster to one or more other clusters. This new feature reduces the complexity of managing multiple clusters and delivers operational efficiencies in geographically distributed data centres. A further enhancement is the addition of SLURM and LSF as integrated workload management options, extending the previous choices of PBS Professional, Torque/Moab, Torque/Maui, and Grid Engine. This integration brings automated workload manager installation and configuration, and robust workload manager failover. It also enables pre-job health checking.

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