Univa Widens Grid Engine Gap

Delivers Substantial Improvements Over Version 6.2U5

Austin, TX, October 4, 2011 - Univa, the data center automation company, today announced the general availability of Univa Grid Engine 8.0.1, the company's second production release of Grid Engine in as many quarters, since hiring the core development team. This release substantially widens the gap between open source version 6.2U5 and Univa's quality controlled, production release.

Univa Grid Engine 8.0.1 extends the product evolution Univa began in January, 2011, by delivering more than 90 additional critical functionality fixes and new features, including new product bundling and improved support for core and NVIDIA GPU scheduling.

Features delivered in Univa Grid Engine 8.0.1 include:

  • New Job Submission Verifier Extensions that allow for better 'seamless' integration with customer scripts, providing an easier migration path for Platform LSF customers.
  • New HWLOC Library for Core Binding on Linux improves application performance (throughput and utilization) on multi-core hardware.
  • New NVIDIA(r) CUDA(r) load sensor for GPUs allows inclusion of NVIDIA GPUs into a Univa Grid Engine Cluster and ensures GPU jobs run on the best (least loaded) GPU cores.
  • 90+ Additional Bug Fixes improves overall stability of Univa Grid Engine, meaning less downtime.

Univa UniSight 2.0 now bundled with Univa Grid Engine enables organizations to report and understand overall cluster utilization and throughput.

"Many organizations have taken advantage of our free trial offering," said Fritz Ferstl, CTO and EMEA Business Development at Univa Corporation. "Validating Univa Grid Engine is a simple drop-in test that has successfully eliminated many organizations' production cluster instability and performance issues."

Since Univa Grid Engine is a 'drop-in replacement' there are zero switching costs and organizations can reduce risks associated with feature freeze, while remaining on the innovation curve.

"It's actually not a big step (financially) to go from an open source solution to an open core solution, but the benefits are significant, especially in managing the risk the business is exposed to," said Mike Twelves, TATA Steel Automotive Engineering.

"Univa Grid Engine users benefit from having access to complete and accurate monitoring metrics through the NVIDIA Management Library, ensuring that the appropriate jobs get dispatched to the most suitable GPU resources in the cluster," said Sanford Russell, director of CUDA marketing at NVIDIA. "Integration of NVIDIA GPU interfaces with Univa Grid Engine makes the management of NVIDIA GPUs in HPC environments easier than ever."

Univa Grid Engine Momentum

Univa signed several additional contracts in its third quarter including Elipda, Synopsys, Petroleum Geo-Services,Toyo Seikan, Motorola Mobility, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) and Jeppesen. These and dozens of other customer deployments validate Univa Grid Engine as production-ready. Univa lists a sample of customers at http://www.univa.com/about/customers Univa Grid Engine is engineered, tested and fully supported by the Univa Grid Engine Team. Univa Grid Engine 8.0.1 has already been proven to perform in large, complex production environments as part of several validation projects.

More details on Univa Grid Engine 8.0.1 can be found at http://www.univa.com/products/grid-engine

About Univa Corporation

Univa, the Data Center Automation Company, is the leading provider of optimization and management software for traditional, dynamic and cloud data centers. Our award-winning products are used by Global 2500 companies to improve resource sharing, amplify the efficiency of people and processes, and increase application and license utilization. Univa offers the industry's broadest, most innovative and integrated product set for managing shared, high-demand data center resources. From workload management to policy-driven provisioning across physical, virtual and cloud resources, only Univa provides a proven combination of enterprise-class capabilities, industry expertise, and community sponsorship. Univa is headquartered in Lisle, Illinois with offices worldwide. For more information, go to www.univa.com.