United Devices announces Grid MP 4.2 with Mac OS X support

United Devices, the market leader in enterprise grid solutions, today announced the beta release of Grid MP 4.2. Among the release’s most important features is support for Apple’s Mac OS X operating system, a key requirement for customers in Academia, Design and Media. The new version also enables grid user authentication to be integrated with industry standard identity management systems.

“Mac OS support is a critical feature for our customers using high-end design tools as well as universities and academic institutions,” says Jikku Venkat, United Devices CTO in the press release. “Now these customers can operate truly heterogeneous grids, leveraging their wealth of Macs to dramatically increase the total power of their grid.”

“Bringing Mac workstations onto the grid is important especially for universities because of the widespread use of Mac OS X platforms in academic environments,” says Dr. Ashok Adiga, Research Scientist and Roundup project manager at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), The University of Texas at Austin in the press release. Roundup is a joint project between United Devices and TACC to build a campus desktop grid. “We’re excited that United Devices is providing this support so we can expand our install base and drive even more value from our grid. With the Mac machines grid-enabled, we expect to find many more applications that will benefit from running on Grid MP.”

In addition to Mac OS, United Devices Grid MP supports a range of operating systems including Windows, Solaris, AIX, and Linux. With the new release come additional management features as well, like integration with existing identity management systems for simpler grid interaction and expansion.

“Integrating with existing identity management and authentication systems makes it easier for customers to use the grid,” says Jikku Venkat, CTO at United Devices in the press release. “Our customers continue to be extremely pleased with the benefits being delivered by their grids, and this is one important feature that enables them to expand grid usage throughout the enterprise.”

United Devices is the market leader in enterprise grid solutions. The company’s Grid MP platform is used to aggregate compute resources (from workstations & laptops to servers & clusters) on a network to create an enterprise grid capable of running a wide range of high-performance computing applications in life sciences, geosciences, manufacturing, financial services, chemical engineering and other industries. United Devices also operates the world’s largest Grid for grand-scale research that consists of almost three million desktop, portable and server systems in more than 220 countries. For more information on secure grid solutions, visit the United Devices Web site [url=http://www.ud.com]http://www.ud.com[/url] . To volunteer your idle compute power, visit [url=http://www.grid.org]http://www.grid.org[/url]


  1. It’d be highly innovative if OS X came with Auto Microgrid abilities. If Macs are networked, by using Rendezvous they can create their own grid, as each Mac utilizes the unused CPU power of the other Macs on the grid. There would be large speed boosts to just 2 Macs in sync with each other, imagine a whole offices linked up! This also automatically work over high speed internet connections/networks. Users can join or create grid-groups.

    This would be a very cost effective way of tapping into unused processor time. A college campus or corporation could have all of the individual Macs linked into a cost-free super computer. Inform the staff to keep their Macs running overnight and then other CPU-intensive departments (art, engineering, etc.) can run while everyone’s away.

    The Auto MicroGrid seems like a very easy function to add to OS X’s network functions.

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