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Univa Announces Collaboration with Sylabs Inc. and Expanded Support for Singularity Container Science


Partnership will help simplify the deployment and management of
containerized applications

Univa®, a leading innovator in workload management and optimization
solutions for high-performance computing (HPC) and enterprise customers,
today announced a partnership with Sylabs
., a pioneer in secure, reproducible and mobile container
science, to offer enhanced support and integration for Sylabs' Singularity
container platform in Univa
Grid Engine
and other Univa products.

While many customers use Univa Grid Engine and Singularity successfully
today, customers usually need to spend time configuring their
environments for the software to work together. Under terms of this
agreement, the companies will work together to strengthen the
integration and deliver seamless management of applications in
Singularity containers on Univa Grid Engine clusters. Univa will also
join Sylabs' recently announced Global
Partner Program
to help ensure joint interoperability with a variety
of other applications.

"Customers are rapidly embracing containers for high-performance
workloads and Singularity offers clear advantages," said Gary Tyreman,
CEO of Univa. "We're delighted to be collaborating with Sylabs to make
container technology easier to use and deploy. By improving
interoperability between Univa products and Singularity, we can make it
easier for customers to reap the benefits associated with container

"Effective workload management is critical to improving efficiency in
HPC, analytics and AI," said Greg Kurtzer, CEO, and founder of Sylabs.
"Just as Singularity helps simplify the deployment of applications
through container science, Univa does the same for enterprise workloads
and infrastructure. Together, they streamline managing jobs and
automating the deployment of ready-to-run clusters on-premises or on a
customer's choice of public clouds. The combination of these
technologies is very powerful."

For applications in HPC, analytics, machine learning, deep learning and
AI, containers offer many benefits. The Singularity container platform
for enterprise performance computing is fast, lightweight, efficient and
provides an easy way to package workloads for simplified deployment and
cross-cloud compatibility. Despite the clear advantages, container
adoption can be challenging due to concerns about security,
compatibility with workload managers and technical challenges providing
containerized applications access to MPI, InfiniBand, GPUs and other
essential capabilities.

Singularity solves many of the technical challenges that had previously
inhibited container adoption in the enterprise by enabling enterprises
to package applications and their dependencies—including definitions,
configurations, metadata, security keys and more—into a single file that
is cryptographically verifiable to ensure 100% security,
reproducibility, portability and mobility. Singularity offers built-in
MPI support, direct access to specialized HPC hardware from within
containers, and compatibility with container images pulled from
DockerHub. Singularity also provides clear security advantages by
removing the requirement that the container daemon runs as a privileged

Univa Grid Engine helps simplify application environments with
sophisticated management and monitoring of containerized and
non-containerized workloads by allowing these applications to co-exist
and share resources efficiently. Navops Launch extends these
capabilities with automated deployment of Singularity capable clusters
and seamless application migration and bursting to local resources or a
customer's preferred public cloud provider. With Univa Grid Engine,
containerized applications are managed just like other workloads with
automated directory mapping, job control, job accounting and support for
interactive and parallel containerized workloads. This high-level of
compatibility helps minimize operational impact, allowing users to
embrace containerized workloads easily.

Univa has offered native support for containerized workloads in Univa
Grid Engine since May of 2016 and enhanced support for Singularity is a
natural extension of this capability. "Customers need the flexibility to
deploy workloads in a way that makes sense for their business, and it's
important that the technology doesn't get in the way," continued
Tyreman. "Whether workloads are deployed natively, encapsulated in VMs,
or deployed using various container technologies on-premise or in the
cloud, Univa Grid Engine provides a single consistent interface for
running, monitoring and managing applications."

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

About Sylabs

Sylabs is changing how people use containers. It was founded with the
mission to advocate for open source technologies and provide
high-performance computing container solutions and services that take
enterprise and HPC commercial markets to the next level. The company is
headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area and is backed by RStor,
the only multicloud platform that enables organizations to compute,
connect, and operate above the cloud.

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