Workload management firm launches new Grid Engine, among others


NEW YORK—Last July 20, Univa, the leading innovator of workload management solutions that optimize throughput and performance of applications, containers and services, introduced new products and featured some of its cutting-edge technologies, including Univa Grid Engine 8.4.0, Unisight 4.0, Univa Short Jobs and Navops at Tech Days at the Marriott in the city.

Headquartered in Chicago, with offices in Canada and Germany, the company assists companies in managing thousands of applications and run billions of tasks every day to obtain actionable insights and achieve faster time-to-results.

It is known for its proprietary software that optimizes workloads within data centers and cloud services and its deep expertise in distributed data

Its Grid Engine manages workloads automatically, maximizing shared resources and accelerates deployment of any container, application or service.

The solution can reportedly be deployed in any technology environment, on-premise or in the cloud. By using Univa Grid Engine software, enterprises and organizations can deliver products and results faster, more efficiently, and with lower overall costs.

With Univa Grid Engine, workloads are reportedly shared across machines in a data center to optimize the computing infrastructure. Scheduling policies are then applied to all work submitted to the cluster, ensuring high-priority jobs are completed on time while simultaneously maintaining maximum utilization of all cluster machines.

The solution also monitors any resource or software license and schedules applications ensuring they are automatically matched to the appropriate licenses and machines.

In terms of scalability, it can reportedly scale to a cluster of 120,000 cores in a single managed environment. A single Grid Engine cluster can contain more than 10,000 nodes and run 100 million jobs per month.

The solution continuously collects metrics from all cluster nodes. Afterwards, it uses scheduling strategies configured by the administrator to evaluate all pending workloads and match specific job requirements to available resources.

Ian Foster, founder, was present at the event presided by CEO and president Gary Tyreman. For more information, visit

Can you give up your Wi-Fi subscription for Karma?


By Dennis Clemente

“Give up your Wi-Fi subscription for Karma.”

Yes, Steven van Wel, co-founder and CEO, said that but no, he’s not asking you to join a counterculture revolution. He was talking about Karma, a Wi-Fi pocket device that allows you to have internet access everywhere you go.

Van Wel was one of the presenters at the Hardwired meetup last October 21 at Digitas, with other smart hardware startups Body Labs and Tomorrow Lab.

The startup recently signed agreements with Sprint and Clearwire for access to their 3G and 4G networks, and has raised a $2.2 million seed round from investors including Werner Vogels, Rothenberg Ventures, 500 Startups and TechStars.

The startup’s goal is to end the “drip-drip torture” of bad Wi-Fi connections. “It’s all about you and your data, not the device and a contract,” he promised.

Using 4G LTE cellular data connection to create a personal Wi-Fi signal, you connect to Karma like you would to your home or office Wi-Fi.

Available now in the States, it is priced at $149 with no monthly fees or subscriptions.
You pay only for the data you use, with no data expiration. It’s $14 for 1GB.

The biggest challenge in launching has been keeping the experience frictionless and free of surprises for customers.

Next presenter was BodyLabs’ Bill O’Farell, CEO and founder, who talked about how the company uses the world’s most sophisticated understanding of human size, shape and motion to create a digital body platform upon which goods and services can be designed, manufactured, bought and sold.

O’Farell foresees consumers incorporating their own human body models into their online digital identity and using those models as a key component for selecting and receiving goods and services. “We see the human body as the key element around and upon which goods and services are designed and produced.”

“We provide all the body shape information businesses and consumers need to match customers’ needs with products and services,” O’Farell said. “We do this via 3D human body models and the attendant data those models represent.”.

Models can be posed, animated and manipulated with complete fidelity to how real humans move and deform.

BodyLabs has license agreements with Brown University and the Max Planck Institute (Germany) for software and systems based on a statistical model of how human body shape and pose changes across populations.

Theodore Ullrich, founder of Tomorrow Lab, talked about how his startup uses science and design to invent revolutionary hardware products. “When designing a product, we basically tear out everything that’s been done to it so far.”

The startup has built a wireless-connected pill dispenser called Adhere Tech and a smart bike rental system called Social Bicycles, both mentioned in this blog a few months ago.

Also in attendance at the meetup was Matt Witheiler, partner at Flybridge Capital, an early stage VC firm. Matt Turck, the Data-Driven meetup host, moderated the Hardwired meetup.

Another scheduled presenter, Yanda Erlich, founder and CEO of Wearable Intelligence (Google Glass for Enterprise) canceled at the last minute.

CAD modeling, robot touch sensors enliven Tech Hardware meetup

By Dennis Clemente

As many tech startups there are in New York to admire, people always marvel at the sight of an actual physical invention, as the NY Tech Hardware Meetup demonstrated in its 7th meetup last March 26. It showcased a CAD community site, a heart matrix, bike computers, a robot touch sensor, and many more.

If you’re into CAD modeling, GrabCAD ( helps even the most technically challenged. One novice rendered a snow rider by literally grabbing designs from the site, while another from India, with no CAD experience whatsoever, designed the interiors for a Shelby Mustang.

Founded in 2009 by Hardi Meybaum, GrabCAD is a mechanical engineering community for sharing talent, including making use of its free CAD model library and engineering tools. As a community, the site has a voting mechanism for the best answers to the CAD questions.

If you want to start something, the site is brimming with over 90,000 projects, with about 530,000 logging in time at the site. GrabCAD is headquartered in Boston in the United States, but maintains an office and development team in Tallinn, Estonia, where the company was started.

The next presenter, LucidTronix ( from Brooklyn, showed how open source DIY technology can be extremely fun. For its LED-enabled Heart Matrix, you can spell out any message you like, or have 70 of its LED lights dance in different patterns on the display. It takes about 30 minutes to solder and assemble with three signal wires and two powers.

LucidTronix’s bike computer kit is your personal on-cycle data processor. It can measure your speed, distance, calories burned, but it is so much more than a speedometer. It measures the temperature, honks a little buzzer and controls LEDs to light your way and stylizes your ride!

Both are built on top of an arduino platform. The website offers a detailed tutorial with step-by-step instructions, videos, diagrams, and sample code so getting them running should be a breeze. If LucidTronix has a bike computer, Peter Pottier of MyBell gives those classic round cycling bells a new spin er sound.

Pottier showed a video of how his early stage MyBell contraption works featuring David Sheinkopf, electric designer, at work: “The bell has an efficient high-powered amplifier, a small wave player and LED lighting system.”

MyBell is about customizable sound. “People can upload ringtones or the music they like as their bell (horn),” Sheinkopf added.

These gadgets are already small but the last presenter Takktile ( showed us an even tinier invention—an open-source robot touch sensor with digital barometers called Freescale Semiconductor. It has to be small to fit on a cell phone as it offers location pinpointing technologies that supplement GPS. It gauges positions based on changes in atmospheric pressure.

People will like to hear that the tiny barometers are reportedly easy and inexpensive to assemble.