Based on requirements articulated by MINES ParisTech, Bright Computing partner transtec designed and implemented an HPC cluster that added over 650 cores for general-purpose HPC, as well as large-memory and GPU nodes. Through use of Bright Cluster Manager, transtec transparently extended MINES ParisTech's existing HPC environment to seamlessly incorporate the additional AMD cores and NVIDIA Tesla GPU. Even though the existing and new HPC resources span two sites separated by about 3 kilometers, Bright allows the MINES ParisTech IT team to manage the entire environment as a single HPC cluster. More importantly, this consolidated environment appears as a single HPC resource to MINES ParisTech researchers and their collaborators.
"The extension and consolidation of our HPC environment was facilitated by Bright Cluster Manager", stated Gregory Sainte-Luce, Computer Network and Systems Engineer, Centre des Matériaux, MINES ParisTech. "Bright significantly eases the day-to-day management of all HPC resources. For example, using Bright's capability to logically group nodes according to hardware type or location, we are able to rapidly perform scheduled service on a highly selective basis. The Bright-enabled efficiency and effectiveness of our IT operations is already allowing us to improve the level of service we provide to our on and off-site researchers. In fact, most of our researchers are completely unaware that their materials-science HPC cluster is in fact a consolidated resource that spans two physical sites."
Researchers at MINES ParisTech collaborate nationally and internationally within the materials-science community. By emphasizing close ties between physical and numerical experiments, the MINES ParisTech approach has resulted in the Z-set materials science and structural analysis suite that is used by researchers in universities, government laboratories and private industry. The extended HPC cluster is a key enabler for MINES ParisTech researchers. The recent enhancements, featuring use of Bright Cluster Manager as a primary component of the solution, will ensure that MINES ParisTech researchers will be able to derive the greatest value from the organisation's ongoing investment in HPC.