Shanghai Astronomical Observatory Chooses Bright Cluster Manager for its Galaxy and Cosmology Research Programs

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The Observatory relies on Bright Cluster Manager for provisioning, job scheduling, monitoring and system management for its new HPC cluster.

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Bright Computing— the leading vendor-independent provider of cluster management software— announced that the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory’s Research Center for Galaxy and Cosmology (CGC) chose Bright Cluster Manager® to support both its computational cosmology and its observational research programs. As the center’s astronomers and scientists manage their own clusters without the support of an IT team, they selected Bright Cluster Manager because it offered a single, integrated solution that minimizes the complexity of deploying, scheduling, monitoring and managing high performance computing (HPC) clusters. In particular, Bright eliminated the need for creating custom scripts associated with open source cluster management solutions, or commercial solutions based on open source software.

The Shanghai Astronomical Observatory’s CGC cluster today comprises 50 CPU nodes, with plans to double the cluster to 100 nodes in next 12 months. Bright Cluster Manager will make it easy to expand their system without disrupting operations. CHPC Technology, a leading professional HPC software and services provider in China, led the cluster installation project.

“Our computational team focuses on developing numerical simulations using HPC computing, while our observational team gathers a tremendous amount of data from both spaced-based and land-based telescopes,” said Professor Weipeng Lin, Associate Director at the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory’s Research Center for Galaxy and Cosmology. “Bright helps us manage our cluster with much less effort, so that we can concentrate on our investigation to better understand the formation and evolution of cosmic structures by comparing computational simulations with observational data.”

“Bright Cluster Manager is easier to install and manage than open source alternatives on the market,” continued Professor Lin. “Because our scientists are also responsible for system administration, they are pleased to have a solution that allows them to spend less time on script-writing and more time on the science of understanding our universe.”

About Shanghai Astronomical Observatory:
Founded in 1962, the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, Chinese Academy of Sciences (SHAO), has four research departments including the Shanghai Center for Astro-geodynamics Research (SCAR), Center for Galaxy and Cosmology (CGC), Division of Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI), and Division of High Technology Laboratories (HTL).

About China HPC Technology Co. Ltd. (CHPC)
CHPC, an authorized Bright Cluster Manager reseller located in Shanghai, China, is a professional HPC application solutions and services provider. CHPC has partnered with many leading IT venders such as Cray, SGI, HP, NVIDIA, TMS and others to provide a broad line of low-cost, mid-range and high-end computing servers, data storage and software solutions in China.

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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