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Bright Computing Announces Bright OpenStack™ Integration with Mellanox Technologies InfiniBand Switches and Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) Offloading

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San Jose, CA – Bright Computing, the leading independent provider of cluster and cloud management software for high performance computing (HPC) clusters, big data clusters, and OpenStack clouds, announces that its Bright OpenStack™ solution is fully integrated with Mellanox Technologies InfiniBand switches, giving HPC customers the ability to create virtual machines (VMs) inside an OpenStack deployment with InfiniBand devices attached to them. Bright OpenStack also incorporates virtual extensible local area network (VXLAN) offloading, facilitating the creation of highly performant isolated networks within an OpenStack deployment.
Bright is using single root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV) technology for integration with Mellanox InfiniBand devices and virtual Ethernet devices. The Mellanox InfiniBand integration is ideal for remote direct memory access (RDMA) use cases for VMs. The native IB connectivity provides a single IB networking fabric that spans both the physical and virtual environments. With this integration, VMs get direct access to the IB fabric, offering key advantages like low latency and high overall performance.
Bright OpenStack is now also compatible with VXLAN offloading, which enables traditional offloads to be performed on the encapsulated traffic. With VXLAN offloading, computations related to isolating network traffic are done by the network interface card (NIC), rather than by the CPU. Data center operators can decouple the overlay network layer from the physical NIC performance, achieving native performance in the new network architecture.
“The Bright OpenStack solution provides an easy way to deploy native InfiniBand performance to any VM running within OpenStack,” said Gilad Shainer, Vice President of Marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “This tighter integration with Mellanox SR-IOV and VXLAN technology seamlessly provides end-users with the predictable performance with the look and feel of the physical HPC hardware they already have on premise.”
With VXLAN enabled, users can get far more individual networks in a single cloud – as many as several hundred thousand – compared to only about four thousand (at most) with a virtual local area network (VLAN). This makes it ideal for academic environments in which multiple users need their own individual network environments, for large data centers, as well as for OpenStack deployments supporting network function virtualization (NFV) capabilities.
Improving the ability to create these isolated networks within OpenStack is extremely useful for HPC users. Such isolated networks are critical, but expensive in terms of computational resources. Bright OpenStack includes a recipe for configuring VXLAN, includes guidelines for enabling and disabling VXLAN, and contains benchmarks to inform customers on how they can get the most advantage from VXLAN.
“Bright OpenStack now works even more easily within an HPC environment,” said Bright Computing CEO Bill Wagner. “Bright provides a very easy way to integrate with IB and VXLAN offloading. Now users have both physical loads and virtual loads, so they can run high priority jobs on the physical hardware, low priority jobs on virtual hardware, and those that are in between across both of those domains. No other solution in the marketplace can do this.”


About Bright Computing
Bright Computing is the leading independent provider of cluster and cloud management software. Bright Cluster Manager™, Bright Cluster Manager for Big Data™, and Bright OpenStack™ provide a unified, hardware-agnostic approach to installing, provisioning, configuring, managing, and monitoring HPC clusters, big data clusters, and OpenStack clouds. Bright’s products are currently deployed in more than 500 data centers around the world. Bright Computing’s customer base includes global academic, governmental, financial, healthcare, manufacturing, energy, and pharmaceutical organizations such as Boeing, NASA, Stanford University, Roche, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Bright partners with Amazon, Cray, Dell, Intel, Nvidia, SGI, and other leading vendors to deliver powerful, integrated solutions for managing advanced IT infrastructure such as high performance computing clusters, big data clusters, and OpenStack-based private clouds.