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Univa Corporation
IndustryCloud computing, Distributed computing, Grid computing, Computer software
PredecessorUnited Devices Edit this on Wikidata
FoundedLisle, Illinois (2004)
HeadquartersChicago - Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Area served
ProductsUniva Grid Engine, License Orchestrator, and Navops Launch

Univa is a privately held software company that develops workload management and cloud management products for compute-intensive applications in the data center and across public, private, and hybrid clouds.

Univa software manages diverse application workloads and resources, helping enterprises scale and automate infrastructure to maximize efficiency and throughput while also helping them manage cloud spending.

Univa’s primary market is High Performance Computing (HPC). Its products are used in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, life sciences, energy, government labs and universities. Univa software is used to manage large-scale HPC, analytic, and machine learning applications across these industries.

The company is based in Chicago, with offices in Canada and Germany.

Products and services[edit]

Univa develops, sells, and supports Univa Grid Engine software, Univa's version of the popular Grid Engine workload manager. Univa also offers Navops Launch, a solution providing cloud migration, cloud automation, and cloud spend management for users of Univa Grid Engine and Slurm-based clusters.[1]

Univa announced in January 2011 that it hired personnel formerly working for Oracle and Sun Microsystems on Grid Engine development. On April 12, 2011, Univa rolled out its initial commercial release of Univa Grid Engine based on open source Grid Engine. The commercial released offered new functionality related to performance, and resource control for small and large clusters and provided enterprise customers with support services.[2]

On October 22, 2013 Univa announced it acquired the intellectual property, copyrights and trademarks pertaining to the Grid Engine technology from Oracle and that it would support Oracle Grid Engine customers.[3]

Univa announced Navops in May 2016,[4] a new business unit with products enabling enterprises to easily migrate to the cloud or deploy hybrid clouds. Among the public clouds supported by Navops Launch are Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure.

Navops Launch provides cloud automation features to dynamically configure cloud-based Univa Grid Engine or Slurm clusters and scale them based on application workloads and configurable policies. Navops Launch also provides cloud spend management features to help organizations monitor and manage cloud spending by extracting information from cloud-specific APIs. Organizations can use Navops Launch to manage spending by project, group, department, and cost-center.

Univa continues to enhance both Univa Grid Engine and Navops Launch, supporting new operating environments, machine architectures, and cloud providers. Key areas of focus for both Univa Grid Engine and Navops Launch have been around performance and scalability. Both were demonstrated by a well-publicized one million core cluster deployment in AWS announced in June of 2018[5]. Other areas of focus have been around managing containerized and GPU-aware application workloads.

Univa offers support services, education services, and consulting services related to installation, tuning, and configuration for all of its products.


Univa was founded in 2004 under the name Univa Corporation by Carl Kesselman, Ian Foster, and Steve Tuecke and was at that time primarily known for providing open source products and technical support based around the Globus Toolkit.[citation needed]

On September 17, 2007, the company announced that it would merge with the Austin, Texas-based United Devices and operate under the new name Univa UD.[citation needed]

The company operated as Univa UD until formally dropping "UD" and returning to common use of Univa Corporation. Univa announced, on January 17, 2011, that it had hired the principal and founding engineers of the Grid Engine team.

On Oct 22, 2013 Univa announced that it had acquired the intellectual property as well the copyrights and trademarks pertaining to the Grid Engine technology from Oracle and trademarks pertaining to the Grid Engine technology from Oracle and that it will take over supporting Oracle Grid Engine customers.[6]

In June 2014,[7] a technical partnership between Racing Point F1 Team and Univa was announced.

In May 2016, Univa announced a new business unit, Navops with a product line[8] based on its Grid Engine cluster workload scheduling technology previously developed at Sun Microsystems and later acquired by Univa from Oracle. Navops Launch enables enterprises to migrate workloads to cloud or hybrid cloud environments.

In March 2018 Univa open-sources Navops Launch (née Unicloud) as Project Tortuga under an Apache 2.0 license.[9]

In September of 2019, Univa announced enhancements to Navops Launch in a 2.0 release, including an enhanced UI, improved automation, and spend management features[10].

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tiffany Trader. "Univa Brings Cloud Automation to Slurm Users with Navops Launch 2.0". hpcwire.com. hpcwire.
  2. ^ Staff. "Univa Rolls Out New Version of Grid Engine". InsideHPC.com. Inside HPC Media LLC. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Univa Takes Over Control of Grid Engine from Oracle". Oct 22, 2013.
  4. ^ "Univa Announces Navops". Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  5. ^ "Univa Demonstrates Extreme Scale Automation by Deploying More Than One Million Cores in a Single Cluster Using AWS". Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  6. ^ "Univa Takes Over Control of Grid Engine from Oracle".
  7. ^ https://www.hpcwire.com/off-the-wire/univa-becomes-partner-Sahara-force-india-formula-one-team/
  8. ^ http://www.devopsdigest.com/univa-announces-navops-command
  9. ^ "Univa Open Sources Navops Launch As Project Tortuga". March 20, 2018.
  10. ^ "Univa Announces General Availability of Navops Launch 2.0". January 29, 2020.