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November 14, 2012

Univa Unveils Grid Engine 8.1.3 with Support of Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessors

Univa (News - Alert), a data center automation company, has released the Univa Grid Engine 8.1.3, a distributed resource management software platform with native integration support of Intel (News - Alert) Xeon Phi coprocessors.

The addition of native integration support for Univa Grid Engine 8.1.3 helps in the management and scheduling of applications onto Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors. This helps distinguish between open source versions of Grid Engine and Univa’s quality controlled, commercial version, which is fully supported software.

“Univa’s early support for HPC environments incorporating Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, provide Univa Grid Engine users with an established, feature-rich, and commercially supported resource management solution,” said Bill Magro, director of Technical Computing Software Solutions at Intel.

This integration has enabled organizations to power hybrid clusters designed with Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, featuring functionality for scheduling jobs. Organizations will be able to utilize Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors fully by ensuring more workloads are processed rapidly.

The integration also delivers insight into processor cores, memory and power usage on Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors. Leveraging these capabilities Univa Grid Engine customers can manage the usage and the expense involved in running workload on Intel Xeon Phi.

The new Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors provide resource maps which let customers specify the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor card on which a job will run, to eliminate accidental scheduling of multiple jobs on the same Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor. The new resource topology selection matches a requested Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor with appropriate machine processor, so that processor workload remains near the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors card on the PCI (News - Alert) Express bus.

The new load and metric collection tool helps in configuring available Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor metrics as well, so that Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors jobs are run on correct Xeon Phi coprocessor ensuring least load.

Fritz Ferstl, CTO at Univa Corporation said, “Hybrid architectures such as those built with Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors are clearly at the forefront of creating High Performance Computing (HPC) systems. They allow for responding to challenges such as scalability, energy consumption and cost effectiveness.”

In May 2012, Univa released the Univa Grid Engine Version 8.1, a widely deployed software platform used by enterprises and research organizations across the globe. Univa Grid Engine is the industry-leading choice for workload management and integrating big data solutions, while saving time and money through higher uptime and lower total cost of ownership.

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Edited by Braden Becker

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