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Final release
4.0 DMCA
Written inC
Operating systemLinux
Size1.53MB(.tar File)
TypeJob Scheduler for Compute Cluster
LicenseInvalid. Purported to be licensed under the GNU General Public License

OpenLava is a workload job scheduler for a cluster of computers.[1] OpenLava was pirated from an early version of Platform LSF.[2] Its configuration file syntax, application program interface (API), and command-line interface (CLI) have been kept unchanged. Therefore, OpenLava is mostly compatible with Platform LSF.

OpenLava was based on the Utopia research project at the University of Toronto.[3]

OpenLava was allegedly licensed under GNU General Public License v2, but that licensing was proven to be invalid at trial.


In 2007, Platform Computing (now part of IBM) released Platform Lava 1.0, which is a simplified version of Platform LSF 4.2 code, licensed under GNU General Public License v2. Platform Lava had no additional releases after v1.0 and was discontinued in 2011. In June 2011, OpenLava 1.0 code was committed to GitHub.[4]

Commercial support[edit]

In 2014, a number of former Platform Computing employees founded Teraproc Inc.,[5] which contributed development and provided commercial support for OpenLava.[6] Commercially supported OpenLava contains add-on features than the community based OpenLava project.[7]

IBM Lawsuit[edit]

In October 2016, IBM filed a lawsuit alleging copyright infringement and trade secrets misappropriation against Teraproc. The complaint accused some of the company's founders of taking “confidential and proprietary source code" for IBM's Spectrum LSF product when they left, which was then used as the basis of the competitive product OpenLava.[8][9][10] David Bigagli, the TeraProc employee who started the OpenLava project,[11] posted a notice on GitHub announcing that downloads for OpenLava had been disabled because of a DMCA takedown notice sent by IBM's lawyers.[12][13]

Bigagli later announced that the source code for OpenLava 3.0 and 4.0 would be taken down, while the source code of 2.2 would be restored in order to regain the GitHub repository and the website, while claiming that the DMCA claim is fraudulent.[14]

On September 18, 2018, the US Courts found in favor of IBM and issued a permanent injunction against Teraproc and its agents. [15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jeff Laton. "openlava – Hot Resource Manager". Admin Magazine.
  2. ^ "IBM Platform LSF".
  3. ^ Zhou, Songnian; Wang, Jingwen; Zheng, Xiaohu; Delisle, Pierre (1993). "Utopia: A Load Sharing Facility for Large, Heterogeneous Distributed Computer Systems". Software: Practice and Experience. John Wiley & Sons. CiteSeerX doi:10.1002/spe.4380231203.
  4. ^ "openlava (openlava project)". GitHub. Retrieved 2016-03-21.
  5. ^ "An Old Platform Finds New Life Outside IBM Walls".
  6. ^ "Teraproc OpenLava Enterprise Edition". Archived from the original on 2016-05-16. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  7. ^ "OpenLava Community Edition vs. OpenLava Enterprise Edition". Archived from the original on 2015-01-19. Retrieved 2015-01-19.
  8. ^ "IBM Sues Startup For Allegedly Stealing Software Code - Law360". Retrieved 2016-11-06.
  9. ^ "IBM Corporation et al v. Teraproc Inc. case details". Retrieved 2016-12-19.
  10. ^ "Regarding IBM's Allegations Against Teraproc". Retrieved 2016-11-23.
  11. ^ "Meet's founder: Dave Bigagli | Teraproc – Application Cluster-as-a-Service". Retrieved 2016-11-06.
  12. ^ "FOSS Friendly IBM is Attempting to Destroy OpenLava - SoylentNews". Retrieved 2016-11-06.
  13. ^ "github/dmca". GitHub. Retrieved 2016-11-06.
  14. ^ "OpenLava under IBM attack - Google Groups". Google Groups. Retrieved 2016-12-19.
  15. ^ "Judgement and Permanent Injunction". Courtt Listener. Retrieved 2018-09-18.