GWDG specializes in advancing scientific research infrastructures, and has a long history operating and administrating parallel computers.
At GWDG, every time a new high performance computing (HPC) project is planned, a new tender is released and hardware is chosen based on its suitability to the project. As a result of this open technology contract, there are often many different types of hardware in operation at the data centre, most of which include a custom management interface. GWDG is addressing the challenge of simultaneously operating multiple HPC clusters from a number of disparate, non-integrated cluster management platforms, by deploying Bright Cluster Manager to overarch the entire HPC infrastructure and consolidate their four clusters into a single management platform and view.
Bright's partner, transtec, provided configuration support to help optimize the solution. transtec's deep knowledge includes a dynamic combination of benchmarking and installation services. Going forward, whenever a new HPC project is put into operation, it will automatically interoperate with Bright and also be easily managed from Bright's infrastructure management platform. As a result, GWDG's HPC clusters are easier to monitor through a central management interface.
Christian Boehme, HPC Manager, GWDG, commented: "Bright has centralized the management of our HPC environment, absorbing complexity and promoting ease of use. It's fast to deploy and allows us to do more with less."
Anastassios Kazakidis, Account Manager, transtec AG, added: "Bright adds great value to transtec customers, improving the customer experience and strengthening relationships."
Dietmar Fuchs, Sales Director, DACH, CEE, Russia & CIS at Bright Computing, stated: "Working in partnership with transtec, we are delighted to be able to provide organisations across Europe future-proof HPC infrastructure management solutions, to improve interoperability, simplify administration, and centralize operations."