Quanta QCT Partners with Bright Computing to Deliver Compute-Ready, Easy-to-Operate HPC Clusters

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Pre-configured, pre-tested HPC clusters can now be operational within an hour of unpacking.

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Quanta QCT chose Bright in part because of Bright's work with Intel® during development of the Xeon® processor E5-2600 product family. Bright provided test clusters during the processor development process.

Quanta QCT, a leading manufacturer of server, storage and network equipment for datacenter customers in the United States, has partnered with Bright Computing to deliver turnkey HPC clusters. These systems, based on Quanta QCT’s STRATOS S810-X52L servers, are delivered pre-configured, pre-tested and are designed to be operational within an hour of unpacking.

Bright Cluster Manager® is included in the clusters, providing an intuitive, integrated solution for provisioning, job scheduling, monitoring and management solution. Little expertise in Linux or HPC is required to manage these systems.

Bright provides an additional benefit for Quanta QCT customers: cloud readiness as a standard feature. The cluster user can either extend the Quanta QCT system into Amazon EC2 or create an entirely new HPC cluster in the cloud. Either way, Bright manages these resources as part of the Quanta QCT cluster.

The STRATOS S810-X52L server is the highest density multi-node 2U server on the market. It includes four individual 2-socket server nodes in a 2U rack chassis with each node capable of populating up to 16 DIMM slots. The S810-X52L is powered by the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 product family, boosting its performance by up to 80 percent compared to a previous generation Intel® Xeon® processor-based server, making it ideal for HPC, clustering, cloud infrastructure and datacenters demanding high performance computing, memory bandwidth and memory density.

Bright was chosen by Quanta QCT in part because the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 product family development team worked with Bright when building all of the test clusters during the processor development process. The resulting tight fit between processor and cluster management software ensures strong compatibility.

“Bright Computing has earned the reputation as a cluster management leader among the academic, industrial, engineering and commercial markets,” said Nelson Wang, senior director, sales and marketing at Quanta QCT. “Choosing Bright Computing as our partner enables us to offer our customers a proven solution to help them get the most out of Quanta clusters, with the least amount of effort.”    

“Quanta is a successful manufacturer of compute, networking and storage servers, the key building blocks of HPC solutions,” said Matthijs van Leeuwen, CEO of Bright Computing. “Their Quanta QCT initiative is a bold step to increase the company’s presence directly with end-user customers. The launch of turnkey HPC clusters that enable their users to focus on their work, rather than on managing their clusters, is a compelling step forward.”

About Quanta QCT
Quanta QCT provides a comprehensive line of off-the-shelf server, storage and networking solutions to datacenter customers in the United States. Quanta QCT targets midsize and large enterprises, governments and service providers who want the engineering excellence of a global manufacturer of integrated datacenter solutions, but do not require the scale and resources of a full-service ODM. Quanta QCT is headquartered in Fremont, Calif., and its parent company is Quanta Computer, Inc., a $37 billion original design manufacturer.

Quanta QCT is the only company that delivers all of the major components of the datacenter value chain: server, storage and networking equipment design and manufacturing capability in a single, proven resource. Presently, datacenters are built with server, storage and networking equipment from different manufacturers. While the industry has adapted to this inefficiency, QCT now makes it possible for datacenters to work with a single manufacturer to verify that the solution is engineered to deliver their targeted technical and cost performance benchmarks.

(Note: Quanta QCT does not comment on customer relationships unless specifically authorized to do so.)

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.

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