NVIDIA Acquires Dutch HPC Software Provider Bright Computing

NVIDIA has acquired Bright Computing, a pioneer in software for managing high-performance computing (HPC) systems that is utilized by over 700 enterprises across the world.

Bright Cluster Manager, Bright Computing’s product, is the most recent addition to NVIDIA’s software stack for accelerated computing. Bright Computing’s Linux-based technology is used by companies in the healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, and other industries to build up and maintain HPC clusters, which are clustered servers joined together by high-speed networks. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Clients of Bright Computing include Boeing, NASA, Johns Hopkins University, and Siemens, among others. The company was founded in 2009 and is located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Bright Computing has been integrating their software with NVIDIA’s GPUs, networking, CUDA, and most recently DGX systems for more than a decade.

Bright Computing is spin-off of Clustervision, a high-performance computing expert  which was acquired by Taurus Group when it fell on hard times financially. Bright, like Clustervision, was created by Dutch entrepreneur Matthijs van Leeuwen.

Edge Computing, Data Centers, Hybrid Cloud

Bright computing’s software will now be distributed more widely via NVIDIA’s partners. NVIDIA anticipates its NVIDIA DGX and data center businesses to benefit from Bright’s software and experience.

Bright’s software would be adaptable enough to run at the edge, in the data center, and across several public and hybrid clouds. It automates cluster management, whether they have a few or hundreds of thousands of servers. It also works with Arm and x86 CPUs, as well as NVIDIA GPUs and Kubernetes containers.