Univa Grid Engine

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Univa Grid Engine
Stable release
8.6.15 / 28 August 2020; 2 years ago (2020-08-28)
Operating systemCross-platform
TypeGrid computing Supercomputing
LicenseProprietary commercial software[1]

Univa Grid Engine (UGE) is a batch-queuing system, forked from Sun Grid Engine (SGE).[2][3] The software schedules resources in a data center applying user-configurable policies to help improve resource sharing and throughput by maximizing resource utilization. The product can be deployed to run on-premises, using IaaS cloud computing or in a hybrid cloud environment.[4]


The roots of Grid Engine as a commercial product date back to 1993 (under the names CODINE and later, in a variation of the product, GRD). A more comprehensive genealogy of the product is described in Sun Grid Engine. Grid Engine was first distributed by Genias Software and from 1999, after a company merger, by Gridware, Inc. In 2000, Sun Microsystems acquired Gridware.[5] Sun renamed CODINE/GRD as Sun Grid Engine later that year, and released it as open-source in 2001.[6]

In 2010, Oracle Corporation acquired Sun and subsequently renamed SGE to Oracle Grid Engine. Oracle Grid Engine (6.2u6) moved to a closed-source model providing binaries with the distribution but no source code. As a result, the project's open-source repository no longer reflected changes made by Oracle and users were prevented from contributing code changes. In response to this, the Grid Engine community started the Open Grid Scheduler and the Son of Grid Engine projects to continue to develop and maintain a free implementation of Grid Engine.[7][8][9] The University of Michigan has been maintaining the Son of Grid Engine code publicly since 2019.[10]

On January 18, 2011, Univa announced that it had hired the principal engineers from the Sun Grid Engine team.[11] Univa Grid Engine development is led by CTO Fritz Ferstl, who founded the Grid Engine project and ran the business within Sun/Oracle for the past 10 years.[12]

On October 22, 2013, Univa announced that it had acquired Oracle Grid Engine assets and intellectual property, making it the sole commercial provider of Grid Engine software.[13]

Between 2011 and 2013 Univa added new capabilities to Univa Grid Engine including Univa Unisight,[14][15] and Univa License Orchestrator.[16][17]

Univa Unisight provided new reporting and analytics capabilities related to Univa Grid Engine workloads and infrastructure. Univa License Orchestrator extended Univa Grid Engine scheduling policies to support allocation and optimization of commercial software licenses, an important capability in electronic design automation (EDA) and other industries.

On June 24, 2018, Univa announced massive scalability operating a single cluster with over 1 million cores on Amazon Web Services (AWS).[18]

In September 2020, Altair Engineering, a global technology company providing solutions in data analytics, product development, and high-performance computing (HPC) acquired Univa.[19]

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  1. ^ Univa Support and Term Software license
  2. ^ Gentzsch, Wolfgang (2011-01-18). "Grid Engine Finds Safe Harbor at Univa". HPC in the Cloud. Retrieved April 17, 2011.
  3. ^ Morgan, Timothy Prickett (2011-01-18). "Univa forks Oracle's Sun Grid Engine". The Register. Retrieved April 17, 2011.
  4. ^ Fritz Ferstl (2020-02-12). "Grid Engine in the Age of Cloud". Univa.
  5. ^ "Sun Microsystem to acquire GRIDWARE". hpcwire. 2000-07-28.
  6. ^ "Sun Microsystems makes Sun Grid Engine software available to Open Source community". Linox.com. 2001-07-23.
  7. ^ Open Grid Scheduler
  8. ^ "Son of Grid Engine". Archived from the original on 2021-08-26. Retrieved 2011-04-29.
  9. ^ Templeton, Daniel (2010-12-23). "Changes for a Bright Future at Oracle". Retrieved 2011-01-19.
  10. ^ daimh (2021-06-25), Some of Grid Engine, retrieved 2021-06-28
  11. ^ "Univa Acquires Grid Engine Expertise" (Press release). Business Wire. 2011-01-18. Retrieved April 17, 2011.
  12. ^ "Biography of Fritz Ferstl". Univa. Retrieved April 17, 2011.
  13. ^ "Univa completes acquisition of Grid Engine assets" (Press release). enterpriseai. 2013-10-22. Retrieved October 22, 2013.
  14. ^ "Univa Widens Grid Engine Gap" (Press release). businesswire. 2011-10-11. Retrieved October 11, 2011.
  15. ^ "Univa Grid Engine 8.0.1 released". Daniel Gruber. 2011-10-03.
  16. ^ "Univa Releases License Orchestrator Integrated with Univa Grid Engine to Reduce and Optimize Software License Expenses" (Press release). businesswire. 2013-06-18. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
  17. ^ "Univa Grid Engine 8.1.5 and License Orchestrator 1.0.0". Daniel Gruber. 2013-07-25.
  18. ^ "Univa Demonstrates Extreme Scale Automation by Deploying More Than One Million Cores in a Single Univa Grid Engine Cluster using AWS". Univa. 2018-06-24. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  19. ^ "Altair Acquires Univa". September 14, 2020.

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