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HPC Lessons for the Wider Enterprise World

on Wed, 01/29/2014 - 15:38

Is HPC so specialized that the lessons learned from large-scale infrastructure (at all layers) are not transferrable to mirrored challenges in large-scale enterprise settings? Put another way, are the business-critical problems that companies tackle really so vastly different than the associated hardware and software issues that large supercomputing centers have already faced and in many areas, overcome?

Radio Free HPC Looks at HPC Datacenter Evolution

on Fri, 01/10/2014 - 21:42

Watch Fritz Ferstl, CTO at Univa Corporation, as he leads a discussion on the continuing HPC Datacenter Evolution.
Topics include:
  • CPUs
    • More cores, more options
  • Memory
    • Architectures and hierarchies
  • Energy
    • Power-down on demand and manage heat
  • Accelerators
    • More widespread, more per server
    • Accelerator or pseudo server?
  • Storage
    • Topologies and file systems
  • Network
    • Topologies

Don't Drive Your Hybrid Car in 1st Gear

on Mon, 11/25/2013 - 16:27

Or how to REALLY save energy in your data center

Let's say you are concerned about your monthly spending at the fuel pump or about the exploitation of oil resources or about the environment. Heck, maybe you are worried about all of the above! Consequently you are looking into buying a fuel efficient car, possibly one with a hybrid engine or any other low fuel consumption engine. Would you then drive it in first gear all the time? And then mostly with full throttle to achieve at least some level of speed? Certainly not.

Univa Corporation Named Top Vendor to Watch

on Tue, 11/19/2013 - 15:51

Univa received a top honor at the 2013 HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards. Univa has been selected as the HPCwire Editors’ Choice for their Top 5 Vendor to Watch award.

Read more in our press release.

Univa Corporation and Penguin Computing Announce Reseller Agreement

on Mon, 11/18/2013 - 18:34

Univa and Penguin Computing have signed a reseller agreement earlier today. As a result, Penguin Computing is an authorized reseller of Univa® Grid Engine™ software. In addition to Univa’s core product, Penguin Computing will also provide customers with Univa’s tools to optimize expensive testing and simulation licenses as well as award-winning reporting and analysis solutions.

Read more in our press release.

Welcome Home Grid Engine!

on Tue, 10/22/2013 - 12:09

Today is a milestone day for Grid Engine and for Univa! We are announcing that Univa will assume support of Oracle Grid Engine customers and that, as part of this transaction, Univa has acquired Oracle Grid Engine assets and intellectual property. This will re-unite the Grid Engine core development team with the full intellectual property.

Read more in our press release.

Excitement Around License Management

on Wed, 09/11/2013 - 17:20

In a recent slidecast hosted by insideHPC's Rick Brueckner I've been given the opportunity to dive into details why the management of software licenses is one of the key challenges in many modern IT environments and why the recently lauchnched Univa License Orchestrator in combination with the most recent Univa Grid Engine™ presents a leading edge solution which is designed to deliver dramatic cost and time advantages. Click here for the slidecast and here for a product overview on Univa License Orchestrator.

Technical Computing Environments During 20 Years of Evolution

on Fri, 06/28/2013 - 10:06

At Univa we are celebrating 20 years of Grid Engine starting from this month. So I thought this anniversary might make it worth to review how mainstream technical computing infrastructure has evolved over the past 20 years along with or, as we should we rather say, stirred by the Grid Engine technology.

The first use cases in 1993 for the Grid Engine technology (then called CODINE) was clustering of desktop and desk side workstations which engineers or scientists were using for their interactive work but which would get harnessed into a distributed computing system for throughput or parallel

Raspberries, Supercomputers and Univa Grid Engine

on Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:33

At Univa we are always interested in porting and running Univa Grid Engine on new hardware architectures and processors.  When the Raspberry Pi project started we eagerly awaited the shipping date of these machines....and it seems we are not the only ones.  Many people are using these machines for all sorts of projects from making small supercomputing clusters like the one mentioned in this HPCwire article to robots to custom arcade emulator machines all run on these diminutive ARM based machines.

ARM Supercomputer Building Blocks

on Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:08

Computing technology originating from mobile devices such as ARM CPUs are designed to deliver acceptable performance at minimum energy consumption and low price points. But are they suited to meet requirements as demanding as those of high performance computing (HPC)? It will remain to be seen which HPC applications will render itself best and first to be addressed with such mobile technology but that it is easy and cost plus energy efficient to put together a parallel computer with off-the-shelf mobile technology is illustrated in an article from HPCwire about a lego-style cluster made out