Bright Computing Supplies Bright Cluster Manager to Fox Chase Cancer Center

San Jose, CA – Bright Computing has supplied its Bright Cluster Manager™ solution to the Fox Chase Cancer Center for use in a new high-performance computing (HPC) cluster. The 30-node cluster supports bioinformatics initiatives for Fox Chase’s world class cancer research programs. Fox Chase focuses on RNA sequencing and variant calling in tumor samples, as well as clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) data processing, protein structure prediction and molecular modeling, and computational docking investigations for drug discovery. Fox Chase Cancer Center chose Bright Cluster Manager for its easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI), which gives researchers point and click cluster management, rather than the traditional command line interface with which many researchers struggle.

HPC consultants at Data in Science Technologies (DST) worked with Fox Chase Cancer Center to develop a reference architecture and a toolset for the cluster that would help them meet their current and future research needs for conducting large scale simulations. DST originally selected Bright Cluster Manager to manage deployment of images on the new HPC cluster nodes. After deployment, DST was engaged as operational manager for the cluster, and continues to use Bright Cluster Manager for monitoring cluster health and basic cluster administration.

The Bright Cluster Management GUI was designed to offer an intuitive interface that is easy to use for beginners, while not compromising on efficiency and completeness for experienced users. The current demand for HPC administrators far outweighs the supply, so Bright helps bridge the gap. Now researchers can do what they do best – discover new drugs that save lives.

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