Nvidia acquires HPC cluster management company Bright Computing


Nvidia has announced the acquisition of high-performance computing (HPC) systems management provider Bright Computing for an undisclosed amount.

The deal will see Nvidia open up new markets for Bright Computing, which in turn will help expand Nvidia’s accelerated computing portfolio with its Bright Cluster Manager product.

The two companies have worked together for more than a decade, with Nvidia integrating Bright’s cluster manager with its parallel computing platform and CUDA programming model, and more recently its deep learning-focused DGX systems.

Commenting on the acquisition, Vice President and General Manager of DGX Systems at Nvidia, Charlie Boyle, said Bright Computing’s software and expertise will enhance the company’s growing DGX and data center businesses,

“We now see an opportunity to combine our system software capabilities to make it easier to buy, build and operate HPC data centers, creating a much larger future for HPC,” he added.

Bright Computing CEO Bill Wagner said “Nvidia is changing the world as we know it,” adding that the company “couldn’t be more excited for our team and our software to play a role in this.” “.

Founded in 2009 and based in Amsterdam, Bright Computing services are used by more than 700 organizations worldwide, including Microsoft, Samsung, Boeing, NASA and Tesla.

The acquisition will see Bright’s workforce transferred to Nvidia. The company was not immediately available to comment on the future of employees at Bright or its Amsterdam office and did not disclose financial details of the deal. Nvidia’s current headquarters in the Netherlands is based in Delft.

The news comes weeks after the UK government ordered a ‘phase two’ investigation into Nvidia’s $40bn (£30bn) acquisition of Cambridge-based ARM. Over a period of 24 weeks, the Competitions and Market Authority (CMA) will examine evidence whether the acquisition of the Cambridge-based semiconductor company by the US chip giant poses a threat to competition and national security.

The CMA’s first phase investigation, which concluded in August and covered competition and jurisdictional issues, determined that the deal could reduce competition in four markets: data centers, internet objects, automobiles and games.

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