Bright Computing to Present Data Aware Cloud Bursting Solution at PBS Works User Group

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Solutions Architect Robert Stober will demonstrate how tightly coupled Bright Cluster Manager and PBS Professional seamlessly extend HPC clusters into the cloud, and manage these resources as part of the local cluster.

Bright's GUI makes it possible to view and manipulate jobs, and configure the workload manager without having to learn its specific configuration commands.

Bright’s integration of PBS Pro helps customers get the most from clusters, whether on premise or in the cloud

Bright Computing, the leading independent provider of cluster management software, announced it will present its data aware cloud bursting solution at the PBS Works User Group meeting in San Jose, California. Robert Stober, Bright Computing senior solutions architect, will show how to extend on-premise clusters into the cloud, and manage these resources as part of the local cluster. He will also demonstrate Bright’s unique data aware scheduling capability for the cloud, eliminating the need to manually manage data movement. The combined Bright Cluster Manager® and PBS Professional® workload manager deliver a seamless, intuitive solution for provisioning, scheduling, monitoring and managing the extended cluster and data within one intuitive GUI, or cluster management shell, on-premise or in the cloud.

“Bright Cluster Manager is delivered with PBS Professional as a pre-configured, sys admin-selectable option,” said Stober. “Bright’s integration of PBS Professional, and other workload managers, helps customers get the most productivity from clusters, whether on premise or in the cloud.”

When the system administrator selects PBS Professional as the workload manager of choice, Bright automatically installs and configures the software. Bright continually updates configurations throughout the life of the cluster. The system administrator can then take full advantage of the workload manager’s capabilities using the Bright GUI or cluster management shell, without the need to learn additional commands or procedures. Further, PBS Professional can be managed via Bright’s SOAP API. Both Bright Cluster Manager and PBS Professional can be extended into the cloud to provide additional capacity, with just a few mouse clicks within the Bright GUI.

The tight integration of Bright’s health checking capabilities with PBS Professional also provides protection against the “Black Hole Node Syndrome,” when normally undetected node issues cause job crashes, sometimes extending to full job queue flushes. Working closely with the workload manager, Bright’s pre-job health checks detect problems before nodes actually fail, and then sidelines these nodes before the job is started.

As another means of maintaining high throughput, Bright Cluster Manager’s automatic failover capability also manages the seamless failover of the workload manager, preventing head node crashes from interrupting productivity.

Robert Stober’s presentation is at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, October 2nd. Also presenting at the conference is Jim Glidewell from Boeing, a joint Bright-PBS Professional user; experts from Idaho National Lab, Nissan, Clemson University, FNMOC, NASA, and the host, Altair Engineering.

About the PBS Works User Group
PBSUG is a two-day event for PBS Works customers and partners, bringing together HPC thought leaders who focus on unique challenges facing businesses today. The event takes place October 1-2 in San Jose, California. For more information and to register, visit the event site.

About PBS Works
PBS Works™, Altair's suite of on-demand cloud computing technologies, allows enterprises to maximize ROI on existing infrastructure assets. PBS Works is the most widely implemented software environment for managing grid, cloud, and cluster computing resources worldwide. Its flagship product, PBS Professional®, allows enterprises to easily share distributed computing resources across geographic boundaries. With additional tools for portal-based submission, analytics, and data management, the PBS Works suite is a comprehensive solution for optimizing HPC environments. Leveraging a revolutionary “pay-for-use” unit-based business model, PBS Works delivers increased value and flexibility over conventional software-licensing models.

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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