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Altair Engineering Partners with ESI Group to Integrate PBS Professional and e-Compute with ESI Simulation Software

Integration provides pool of VTOS resources available anywhere through Internet connection.

TROY, Mich. USA (Nov. 28, 2006) - Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of technology and services that strengthen client innovation and decision-making, today announced that it has collaborated with the ESI Group to integrate Altair's PBS Professional and e-Compute into ESI Group's Open Virtual Try-Out Space (VTOS) solution. Integrating PBS Professional grid technology will ensure optimal benefit from ESI Group's computing resources, while the e-Compute Web Portal enables users to submit and manage jobs anywhere in the world from an Internet connection.



Open VTOS is an extensive suite of unique, collaborative, open, industry-oriented virtual engineering applications that realistically simulate a product's behavior during testing. Open VTOS also fine tunes the manufacturing process in accordance with desired product performance, and evaluates the environment's impact on product performance. Using realistic material physics to provide "as good as real" virtual solutions, Open VTOS replaces the lengthy trial-and-error processes on real prototypes.



"Our computing resources are not centrally located, and our project managers travel extensively to meet our global manufacturing customers' needs," said Raymond Ni, CSM Solver Director, ESI Group. "This collaboration provides two equally valuable capabilities to our business. PBS Professional allows us to take maximum advantage of our pool of compute resources by efficiently managing our complex HPC workloads wherever they are located. E-Compute makes those resources and our extensive suite of industry-specific applications available to our people at any time and from any location - as long as there is an Internet connection available."



PBS Professional is an open workload management solution for high-performance computing (HPC) environments. The software maximizes the utilization of computing resources by intelligently scheduling and managing computational workload. By increasing the efficiency of the hardware and software resources, PBS Professional reduces total cost of ownership and provides true business value to grid computing customers in a number of industries.



Altair's e-Compute is a web portal to computing resources designed to simplify the submission and monitoring of numerically intense jobs, while expanding accessibility through secure communications protocols. Optimized to work with PBS Professional and tightly integrated with popular CAE applications, Altair's e-Compute portal allows engineers to submit and monitor their workloads through common browser interfaces from anywhere they can find an internet connection. E-Compute allows engineers to be more productive.



"This collaboration with ESI Group is a good example of how Altair technologies can increase efficiency and accessibility of valuable computing resources," said Michael Humphrey, vice president of Altair’s PBS GridWorks business unit. "Our technology provides immediate time and cost savings while maximizing efficiency for the global ESI Group workforce."


About ESI Group

ESI Group is a world-leading supplier, and a pioneer of digital simulation software for prototyping and manufacturing processes that take into account the physics of materials. ESI Group has developed an extensive suite of coherent, industry-oriented applications to realistically simulate a product's behavior during testing, to fine tune manufacturing processes in accordance with desired product performance and evaluate the environment's impact on product performance. ESI Group's products, which have a proven track record in manufacturing and have been combined in multi-trade value chains, represent a unique collaborative and open virtual engineering solution known as the Virtual Try-Out Space (VTOS), enabling virtual prototypes to be improved in a continuous and collaborative manner. This integrated protocol allows all the company's solutions to work with each other and with applications developed by independent software vendors. By significantly reducing costs and development lead times and enabling product/process synergies, VTOS solutions offer major competitive advantage by progressively eliminating the need for physical prototypes during product development. The company employs more than 500 high-level specialists worldwide, covering more than 30 countries. For further information, visit www.esi-group.com.



About PBS GridWorks

PBS GridWorks provides a suite of technologies that allows enterprise clients to maximize their ROI on computing assets through policy-based grid technology. The suite includes OpenPBS, PBS Professional, e-compute, Scali Manage and a variety of professional services. PBS GridWorks products are widely deployed within a number of industries, including manufacturing, government, academia, life sciences, energy, digital media and finance. Altair's mature partner network ensures seamless integration and ease of deployment.



About Altair Engineering

Altair Engineering, Inc. strengthens client innovation and decision-making through technology that optimizes the analysis, management and visualization of business and engineering information. Privately held with more than 1,000 employees, Altair has offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. With a 20-year-plus track record for product design, advanced engineering software and grid computing technologies, Altair consistently delivers a competitive advantage to customers in a broad range of industries. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com.
Diane Forbes
Altair Engineering, Inc.
+1.248.614.2400, ext. 464
media@altair.com
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