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October 21, 2008
LISLE, Ill., Oct. 21 -- Univa UD, a leading provider of HPC (high-performance computing) systems management software for the distributed computing lifecycle, today announced it has joined the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) Science and Technology Affiliates for Research (STAR) Program and will collaborate with TACC to develop HPC software.
Under the STAR program, the two organizations expect to co-develop and potentially commercialize a next-generation HPC software stack. TACC researchers will work with members of Univa UD’s product organization to develop advanced, open source HPC systems and operations management software capable of supporting highly scalable infrastructures.
As an industrial affiliate of TACC, Univa UD will also receive a range of benefits from workshops and publications to knowledge transfer from TACC experts in advanced computing technologies.
"Working with TACC, we hope to develop an open source, commercially supported reference cluster management architecture for next-generation HPC clusters," states Gary Tyreman, vice president and general manager of HPC at Univa UD. "The project will be the first of its kind addressing a complete integrated solution that combines the essential components for scalable, professional cluster administration."
Key areas of development and integration will include tools necessary to install, configure and manage an efficient HPC cluster, such as:
TACC is home to "Ranger," one of the most powerful supercomputing systems in the world for open science research. Ranger is also the largest supercomputer on the TeraGrid, a National Science Foundation-sponsored network of academic HPC centers that provides researchers access to large-scale computing power and resources. To learn more about the TeraGrid, visit www.teragrid.org.
"We are excited to collaborate with Univa UD in this effort to enhance the very large-scale cluster management techniques that are required to ensure consistent performance and reliability across many thousands of processor cores," said Karl Schulz, associate director of high performance computing at TACC.
"Increasingly, HPC system administrators are looking to take advantage of the network effect of commercially integrated and supported run-book and management methodologies that help reduce the cost of operating a cluster," said Gary Tyreman. "This partnership will deliver innovative operations management software that simplifies key steps in the HPC lifecycle by automating costly manual operational processes."
Technology developed from this collaboration may be incorporated into UniCluster, a fully integrated, community-enabled open source cluster software stack with unrestricted support for all components. Available by download, this product simplifies the deployment, configuration and management of clusters from installation and job scheduling to monitoring and remote access.
UniCluster delivers on Univa UD’s HPC mission of bringing systems management best practices to HPC while providing better value for a better price.
The UniCluster 4.0 Test Drive is now available for download at http://www.grid.org/downloads. This open source project will be maintained on Grid.org, an online community for open source cluster and grid software users, administrators and developers. The mission of the site is to provide a single location where open source cluster and grid information can be aggregated so people with a similar range of interests can easily exchange information, experiences and ideas. In addition the project is open to any organization that wishes to contribute to, or benefit from, the project’s output.
Preview versions of the technology will be made available for download on www.grid.org, with new updates added monthly.
About Univa UD
Univa UD is the leading provider of HPC systems management and datacenter automation software. Univa UD products simplify the complex nature of deploying and operating HPC and datacenter virtualization environments, saving customers time and resources while giving them confidence that their solution will perform as expected. Hundreds of market-leading companies come to Univa UD to build and operate their production infrastructures, from workgroup clusters to enterprise grids to dynamic datacenter application provisioning. With a focus on making business easier for customers, Univa UD is advancing the vision and practice of HPC and datacenter virtualization. Visit the company at www.univaud.com.
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