[Beowulf] Bright Cluster Manager
dag at sonsorol.org
Tue May 1 14:41:44 PDT 2018
Bright Cluster Manager is a great product and the only knock is it can
be pretty expensive. The most value/love I've seen for it is in the
enterprise / corporate space where there is nobody who can do real
hands-on HPC support/operations and the reduction in
administrative/operational burden it brings is worth 10x the price tag.
Corporate IT shops that are forced to manage a research/HPC environment
Basically it's fantastic in shops where software dollars are easier to
come by than specialist Linux or HPC support staff but the hardcore HPC
snobs are suspicious because Bright does a lot of the knob and feature
fiddling that they are used to doing themselves -- and there will always
be legit and valid disagreement over the 'proper' way to do deployment,
provisioning and configuration management.
I tell my clients that Bright is legit and it's worth sitting through
their sales pitch / overview presentation to get a sense of what they
offer. After that the decision is up to them.
My $.02 of course!
> Robert Taylor <mailto:rgt at wi.mit.edu>
> May 1, 2018 at 4:57 PM
> Hi Beowulfers.
> Does anyone have any experience with Bright Cluster Manager?
> My boss has been looking into it, so I wanted to tap into the
> collective HPC consciousness and see
> what people think about it.
> It appears to do node management, monitoring, and provisioning, so we
> would still need a job scheduler like lsf, slurm,etc, as well. Is that
> If you have experience with Bright, let me know. Feel free to contact
> me off list or on.
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