Bright Computing (Ofer Abarbanel online library)

Bright Computing, Inc. is a developer of software for deploying and managing high-performance (HPC) clusters, Kubernetes clusters, and OpenStack private clouds in on-prem data centers as well as in the public cloud.


Bright Computing was founded by Matthijs van Leeuwen in 2009, who spun the company out of ClusterVision, which he had co-founded with Alex Ninaber and Arijan Sauer. Alex and Matthijs had worked together at UK’s Compusys, which was one of the first companies to commercially build HPC clusters.[1][2] They left Compusys in 2002 to start ClusterVision in the Netherlands, after determining there was a growing market for building and managing supercomputer clusters using off-the-shelf hardware components and open source software, tied together with their own customized scripts.[3] ClusterVision also provided delivery and installation support services for HPC clusters at universities and government entities.[4]

In 2004, Martijn de Vries joined ClusterVision and began development of cluster management software. The software was made available to customers in 2008, under the name ClusterVisionOS v4.[5]

In 2009, Bright Computing was spun out of ClusterVision. ClusterVisionOS was renamed Bright Cluster Manager, and van Leeuwen was named Bright Computing’s CEO.[6]

In 2010, ING Corporate Investments made a $2.5 million investment in Bright Computing. In 2014, Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) (US), DFJ Esprit (UK), Prime Ventures (NL), and ING Corporate Investments invested $14.5 million in Bright Computing. At that time, Bright Computing and ClusterVision were completely separated.[7]

In February 2016, Bright appointed Bill Wagner as chief executive officer. Matthijs van Leeuwen became chief strategy officer, and then left the company and board of directors in 2018.


Early customers included Boeing,[8] Sandia National Laboratories,[9] Virginia Tech,[10] Hewlett Packard,[11] NSA, and Drexel University. Many early customers were introduced through resellers, including SICORP,[12] Cray,[13] Dell,[14], and Advanced HPC.[15]

As of 2019, the company has more than 700 customers, including more than 50 Fortune 500 Companies.[16]

Products and services

Bright Cluster Manager for HPC lets customers deploy and manage complete clusters. It provides management for the hardware, the operating system, the HPC software, and users.[17]

In 2014, the company announced Bright OpenStack, software to deploy, provision, and manage OpenStack-based private cloud infrastructures.[18]

In 2016, Bright started bundling several machine learning frameworks and associated tools and libraries with the product, to make it very easy to get machine learning workload up and running on a Bright cluster.

In December 2018, version 8.2 was released, which introduced support for the ARM64 architecture, edge capabilities to build clusters spread out over many different geographical locations, improved workload accounting & reporting features, as well as many improvements to Bright’s integration with Kubernetes.

Bright Cluster Manager software is frequently sold through original equipment manufacturer (OEM) resellers, including Dell and Cray.[19]

Bright Computing was covered by Software Magazine[20] and Yahoo! Finance,[21] among other publications.


In 2016, Bright Computing was awarded a €1.5M Horizon 2020 SME Instrument grant from the European Commission.[22]

Bright Computing was one of only 33 grant recipients from 960 submitted proposals.[23] In its category only 5 out of 260 grants were awarded.[24]

  • 2015 HPCwire Editor’s Choice Award for “Best HPC Cluster Solution or Technology”[25]
  • Main Software 50 “Highest Growth” award winner, 2013[26]
  • Deloitte Technology Fast50 “Rising Star 2013” award winner[27]
  • Bio-IT World Conference & Expo ‘13, Boston, MA, winner of “IT Hardware & Infrastructure” category of the “Best of Show Award” program[28]
  • Red Herring Top 100 Global Award, 2013[29]


  1. ^“Matthijs van Leeuwen: Executive Profile & Biography – Businessweek”. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  2. ^“ClusterVision Spins Off Cluster Management Software Company”. HPCwire. 2009-10-07. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  3. ^“ClusterVision – Europe’s Leading HPC and Cloud Specialist”. ClusterVision. Archived from the original on 2016-05-08. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  4. ^“About the Company – ClusterVision”. ClusterVision. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  5. ^holway, andrew (2008-09-23). “Roll your own cluster management system with ClusterVisionOS v4 was: [Beowulf] What services do you run on your cluster nodes?”. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  6. ^“ClusterVision Spins Off Cluster Management Software Company”. HPCwire. 2009-10-07. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  7. ^“ING Corporate Investments | CrunchBase”. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  8. ^“Boeing Consolidates on Bright Cluster Manager – insideHPC”. insideHPC. 2011-12-06. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  9. ^Staff, Bright. “Sandia National Laboratories Adopts Bright Cluster Manager to Manage Departmental Clusters”. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  10. ^“Virginia Bioinformatics Institute Selects Bright Cluster Manager for Big Data to Test New Research Methods”. Yahoo Finance. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  11. ^“HPC Accelerates SMBs” (PDF). Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. Retrieved 2007-05-24.
  12. ^“Bright Computing And SICORP Sign Reseller Agreement – insideHPC”. insideHPC. 2010-02-22. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  13. ^“Partner Relationships | Cray”. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  14. ^“Bright Computing Announces Integration with Dell PowerEdge Servers for HPC Environments – The Business Journals”. The Business Journals. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  15. ^“Advanced HPC – GPU Computing – GPU Software – Bright Computing”. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  16. ^“Prime Ventures – Bright Computing”. Retrieved 2016-05-25.
  17. ^“Bright Computing to Roll Out New Line of Products”. HPCwire. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  18. ^“Bright Computing Announces Bright OpenStack Integration With Talligent Software”. HPCwire. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  19. ^Computing, Bright. “USA”. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  20. ^“Bright Computing Releases Version 7.2 of Bright Cluster Manager for HPC, Bright Cluster Manager for Big Data, and Bright OpenStack –”. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  21. ^“Bright Computing to Showcase Bright OpenStack™ and HPC Cluster-as-a-Service (CaaS) at 2016 OpenStack Summit in Austin”. Yahoo Finance. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  22. ^“Bright Computing Receives Horizon 2020 Grant From European Commission”. HPCwire. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  23. ^“Horizon 2020’s SME Instrument – EASME – European Commission”. EASME. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  24. ^“Open Disruptive Innovation – Digital Single Market – European Commission”. Digital Single Market. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  25. ^“2015 HPCwire Awards – Readers’ & Editors’ Choice – HPCwire”. HPCwire. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  26. ^“Bright Computing Wins Main Software 50 “Highest Growth” Award – The Business Journals”. The Business Journals. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  27. ^“Adyen wins Deloitte Technology Fast50 | Deloitte Belgium | TMT | News, press release”. Deloitte Belgium. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  28. ^“2013 Bio-IT World Best of Show Winners Named – Bio-IT World”. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  29. ^“2013 Top 100 North America: Winners — Red Herring”. Red Herring. Retrieved 2016-05-24.


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