Univa Announces Advanced Workload Management for NVIDIA GPUs on Arm-Based Systems

November 19, 2019

DENVER, Colo., Nov. 19, 2019 — Univa, a leading innovator in enterprise-grade workload management and optimization solutions for HPC and AI, announced that it has extended advanced NVIDIA GPU scheduling support in Univa Grid Engine to include Arm-based systems. This announcement coincides with NVIDIA’s announcement of a new CUDA on Arm Preview Toolkit that includes SDKs, drivers, and optimized Deep Learning and HPC libraries enabling developers to take advantage of NVIDIA GPUs on Arm hardware.

NVIDIA GPUs have been the accelerator of choice in the HPC community for over a decade, delivering trillions of floating-point operations per second (FLOPS). NVIDIA GPUs accelerate over 600 applications today, and have become critical to advanced HPC workloads in fields such as computational chemistry, molecular dynamics, and deep learning frameworks.

While GPUs offer outstanding performance and power-efficiency, managing GPU workloads can be challenging. Modern HPC environments are frequently powered by thousands of CPU cores along with thousands or even millions of GPU-resident cores shared among many users and applications. Efficient operation requires advanced workload management capabilities such as CPU-GPU affinity, NUMA, and topology-aware scheduling (for NVIDIA NVLink and NVSwitch multi-GPU interconnects), advanced container support, and integrations with tools such as NVIDIA’s Data Center GPU Manager (DCGM).

“Univa is a pioneer in support for advanced GPU workloads,” said Univa’s Chief Technology Officer Fritz Ferstl citing Univa’s work with Japan’s AI Bridging Cloud Infrastructure (ABCI). “ABCI is a 550 AI-Petaflop, top-ten supercomputer where Univa Grid Engine manages HPC and AI workloads across over 4,000 NVIDIA V100 Tensor Core GPUs. What we learn in leading-edge HPC drives innovation in Univa Grid Engine for the benefit of our commercial customers, including those running NVIDIA DGX systems. Customers realize better performance, improved utilization, and systems that are easier to manage.”

Simplifying the Management of GPU Workloads

Univa Grid Engine helps users simplify the management of GPU workloads. Sites can boost performance by placing workloads optimally and improve overall efficiency and productivity by reducing wait times and allowing more jobs to run simultaneously without conflict.

Univa was among the first commercial HPC software providers to support Arm-based systems, announcing Univa Grid Engine Arm support in 2013. Since that time, Arm systems have made steady inroads breaking into the Top 500 list of global supercomputers in 2018. Arm systems offer compelling price-performance, are power-efficient, and are available from multiple computer manufacturers.

“The availability of NVIDIA GPUs and software tools on Arm is an important development for the HPC community,” said Gary Tyreman, CEO of Univa. “GPUs play a central role in HPC and AI applications. For Univa, offering our advanced GPU workload management capabilities on Arm systems makes sense. It provides our customers and partners with added flexibility and new infrastructure choices.”

“Deep integration with NVIDIA GPUs and support for NVIDIA NGC for HPC and AI containers is an excellent solution for customers running GPU applications locally or across their choice of clouds,” says Duncan Poole, Director of Platform Alliances at NVIDIA.

Product Availability

Advanced GPU-scheduling will be available immediately as part of Univa’s Arm-based Univa Grid Engine distribution. For more information, visit here.

About Univa Corporation

Univa is the leading innovator of workload management products that optimize the performance of applications, services, and containers. Univa enables enterprises to fully utilize and scale compute resources across on-premise, cloud, and hybrid infrastructures. Advanced reporting and monitoring capabilities provide insights to make scheduling decisions and achieve even faster time-to-results. Univa’s solutions help hundreds of companies to manage thousands of applications and run billions of tasks every day. Univa is headquartered in Chicago, with offices in Canada and Germany. For more information, please visit www.univa.com.


Source: Univa Corporation 

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