Bright Computing supplies software to an energy-efficient Austrian supercomputer
Bright Computing, provider of management solutions for clusters and clouds, today announced that the Vienna Scientific Cluster (VSC-3) uses Bright Cluster Manager. Bright's software helps researchers to configure, install, monitor and manage the new Austrian supercomputer, which is best known for its efficient energy consumption
Bright Computing, provider of management solutions for clusters and clouds, today announced that the Vienna Scientific Cluster (VSC-3) uses Bright Cluster Manager. Bright's software helps researchers to configure, install, monitor and manage the new Austrian supercomputer, which is best known for its efficient energy consumption.
The design of the VSC-3 high performance computing (HPC) data center is especially special, because the servers are cooled in a mineral oil bath, a new cooling technology developed by Green Revolution Cooling. Mineral oil (unlike water) is an insulator and can therefore be used in close contact with electronic components. By placing the servers in a bath with mineral oil and pumping the oil around, the heat load can be removed. This method is much more energy-efficient than the air-cooled systems that are currently used in data centers.
The installation and configuration of the more than two thousand nodes of the cluster was carried out using the Bright Cluster Manager, the cluster management solution of Bright Computing. The Bright Cluster Manager automates various configuration and installation steps, so many manual adjustments are no longer required. A user-friendly graphical interface also provides a direct overview of all nodes in the cluster. The hardware of the VSC-3 cluster was supplied by server builder Supermicro and chip supplier Intel.
The VSC-3 cluster is the successor of VSC-2 and will mainly be used for computer simulations of quantum mechanical reactions. The new cluster will have twice as much computing power than its predecessor thanks to Intel's Truescale QDR80 interconnect and Intel's Ivy Bridge processors.
"This cluster provides us with a particularly powerful data center with efficient energy consumption, " says Ing. Dr. Ernst Haunschmid, the technical project leader of VSC-3. "The Bright Cluster Manager is also a very user-friendly management suite, making the cluster easy to manage and manage. Our scientists can really take an extra step in the coming years. "
"With the VSC-3 project we have brought together a number of innovative techniques, " says Dr. Alex Ninaber, technical director of ClusterVision. "The Green Revolution Cooling technology, the powerful chip technology from Intel, the innovative server design from Supermicro and the user-friendly cluster management software from Bright Computing are all part of the new VSC-3 cluster. Together they make the VSC-3 cluster a particularly powerful HPC design. "
"We always like Bright Cluster Manager to make an important contribution to scientific research such as VSC-3, " says Lee Carter, EMEA director at Bright Computing.