New Version of Univa Grid Engine Now Supports Docker Containers
June 09, 2016

Univa announced the general availably of its Grid Engine 8.4.0 product.

Enterprises can now automatically dispatch and run jobs in Docker containers, from a user specified Docker image, on a Univa Grid Engine cluster. This significant update simplifies running complex applications in a Grid Engine cluster and reduces configuration and OS issues. Grid Engine 8.4.0 isolates user applications into their own container, avoiding conflict with other jobs on the system and enables legacy applications in Docker containers and non-container applications to run in the same cluster.

"Grid Engine 8.4.0 is a significant upgrade for us with the support and integration of Docker containers," said Bill Bryce, VP of Products at Univa. "We recognize the need for developers to manage all of the different moving parts of an app and funnel in their updates to reduce complexity and run more efficiently."

Additional Docker support includes:

• Docker Directory Mapping - maps user directories outside of a Docker container into a Docker container during a job run, making it easier to transfer files

• Full Job Control of Docker Containers - provides Grid Engine with the ability to suspend, resume or kill existing jobs running in containers

• Full Job Accounting for Docker Containers - provides accounting information for the job running in the Docker container

• Run Parallel Jobs in Docker Containers - Users can submit parallel jobs to Grid Engine that will run on multiple machines in Docker containers

• Automatic Handling - input, output and error files for Docker jobs

• Run Interactive applications in Docker containers - Grid Engine Interactive sessions can run inside a container

Another key feature update is preview support for Intel's Xeon Phi Knights Landing processor. Univa Grid Engine can launch and control jobs on Intel's KNL machines, extending the current Intel Xeon Phi integration to the latest KNL processors. This update simplifies running and managing Intel Xeon Phi based applications on the cluster.

Lastly, administrators can examine different aspects of Univa Grid Engine 8.4.0 to determine if a type of job, configuration or infrastructure outside of Univa Grid Engine is causing issues and slowdowns with the system profiling feature. This reduces the time spent diagnosing issues in clusters and provides a much needed tool for Univa Grid Engine Administrators.

In addition to the main features listed there above, there are more than 80+ issues fixed in Univa Grid Engine 8.4.0.

Univa Grid Engine 8.4.0 is available now.

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