[Beowulf] Bright Cluster Manager

Chris Dagdigian 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 
love it.

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 
> correct?
> If you have experience with Bright, let me know. Feel free to contact 
> me off list or on.

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