Bright Computing Selected for HPC Cluster at Texas A&M University

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Bright Cluster Manager provides access to critical system information for research scientists performing computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and hydrodynamic modeling.

Bright Computing today announced that the Department of Oceanography at Texas A&M University has selected Bright Cluster Manager® to manage its AMD Opteron-based HPC Cluster. This system, installed by Bright partner Advanced HPC, will be used to better understand the environmental impact of oil spills and poisonous algae, as well as ocean currents as a predictor of weather forecasts.

Each year there are hundreds of ocean oil spills. Through its HPC clusters, Texas A&M is able to conduct forensic analysis, create operational models and run thousands of simulations based on the location of oil rigs, statistical maps, and models of the ocean floor. This research results in more accurate predictions on the expected reach of a spill, how it will affect the shoreline, and the extent of the damage. These models also support recommendations for the safest and most effective ways to clean up a spill.

Additional HPC-related research from the department of Oceanography spans various departments throughout Texas A&M University including physics, biology and geology. This research enables professors and students to advance their knowledge of oceanography and its sustaining life forms.

“HPC provides the backbone for our research,” said Rob Hetland, associate professor, Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University. “We rely on Bright Cluster Manager as part of our larger HPC environment. Its easy to use and displays critical information such as dips in CPU performance in a graphically appealing interface. This allows us to always have critical information available.”

Texas A&M University uses Bright Cluster Manager to provision, monitor and manage a cluster to better understand the flow of ocean currents. Bright’s software also addresses the department’s requirements to more effectively run CPU- and bandwidth-intensive computing programs that support computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and hydrodynamic models of ocean flow.

About Texas A&M Department of Oceanography
The Department of Oceanography is committed to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge about the ocean. We educate students about the ocean in the classroom and develop their research skills by involving them directly in research ashore and on ships in all oceans of the world. We study processes and interactions among oceans, atmosphere, biosphere and geosphere by collecting, analyzing, and modeling large data sets to solve important complex problems of immediate and long-term concern to society.

About Bright Computing
Bright Computing specializes in management software for clusters, grids and clouds, including compute, storage, Hadoop and database clusters. Bright’s fundamental approach and intuitive interface makes cluster management easy, while providing powerful and complete management capabilities for increasing productivity. Bright Cluster Manager is the solution of choice for many research institutes, universities, and companies across the world, and manages several Top500 installations. Bright Computing has its headquarters in San Jose, California.

Bright Cluster Manager is a trademark of Bright Computing, Inc.


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