Bright Cluster Manager and Bright OpenStack made it easier to deploy, provision, and manage key aspects of NeSI/NIWA's hybrid HPC infrastructure by providing managed deployment on bare metal, advanced monitoring and management tools, and dynamic health-checking, all in one powerful, intuitive package. As Bright Cluster Manager is fully integrated with Bright OpenStack, NeSI administrators now have a solution they can leverage to build a robust cloudreliablywith the HPC resources they already have, reducing complexity and costs as they prepare for expanded HPC use cases in the future.
Together, NeSI and NIWA enable successful research for computation and data-intensive projects that are at the forefront of some of the world's most critical environmental issues. To solve these critical environmental issues, they built a next-generation environment, optimized by Brights enterprise-grade software solutions, to deliver:
The new infrastructure replaced previous cluster infrastructure with two Cray CS cluster supercomputers to increase performance and reduce data center complexity. Additional system improvements via Bright software include the use of Bright OpenStack to deliver private cloud capabilities, centralized management of both physical and virtual machines, and the flexibility to evolve services and provide support for an increasing number of HPC use cases from research, scientific, and educational institutions.
"Bright's deep infrastructure knowledge and systems integration experience, coupled with Bright Cluster Manager and Bright OpenStack, has equipped us with all the tools necessary to administer our clustered infrastructure as a single entity, provisioning the hardware, operating system, and Cloud framework from a single interface", stated Fabrice Cantos, HPC Operations Manager of NeSI/NIWA. Fabrice Cantos continued: "We were able to reduce costs by streamlining cluster management, simplifying data center complexity, and providing a gateway to both private and public Clouds through Bright OpenStack."
Building a flexible platform that could handle NeSI and NIWAs long-term HPC needs required careful consideration of foundational architecture elements - servers, storage, management, and memory. "Managing these essential elements has been simplified with Bright software that enables NeSI and NIWA to easily deploy, provision, and manage their future-focused environment - one that can now dynamically respond to a variety of use cases - with the HPC resources they currently have", commented Bill Wagner, Bright Computing CEO.
With an influx of compute-intensive use cases on the horizon, the data centre solutions provided by Bright Computing have opened the door for New Zealand's researchers to tackle the worlds most critical environmental problems.