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Altair Engineering’s PBS ProfessionalTM Released for NEC SX-8 Platform

Solution provides ability to integrate SX-8 systems with heterogeneous systems and balance workload across entire infrastructure

TROY, Mich., (May 30, 2006) - Altair Engineering, Inc., a global leader in innovative product development, advanced engineering software and grid computing technology, today announced general availability of Altair® PBS ProfessionalTM V7.1 on the SX Series model SX-8 platform. PBS Professional optimizes computing resources by aggregating and intelligently scheduling computational workloads through a robust, scalable open architecture software solution.



"Releasing PBS Professional on the SX Series model SX-8 is an important milestone toward our goal to make PBS Professional ubiquitous within the high-performance computing (HPC) community," said Michael Humphrey, vice president of Altair’s PBS GridWorks business unit. "PBS Professional technology includes industry-leading scalability, availability and resiliency capabilities, as shown by our strong presence in the TOP 500 Super Computers list. We anticipate PBS Professional will be a very popular solution with NEC SX-8 customers who want to integrate their SX-8 systems with other systems running PBS Professional."



"NEC is pleased to extend our relationship with Altair to include PBS Professional support for the SX-8 platform," said Takayuki Sasakura, general manager of the HPC Marketing Promotion Division of NEC. "Customers have asked NEC to work with Altair to make PBS Professional available on the SX-8. They want to integrate their SX-8 with heterogeneous systems and have PBS Professional manage their entire workload across this virtual resource pool. NEC has an excellent reputation for delivering what our customers need. Providing industry-leading PBS Professional for the SX-8 is an example of NEC’s commitment to our customers."



NEC has distributed the SX Series model SX-8, the world’s most powerful vector supercomputer since October 2004. The SX-8 delivers a peak vector performance of 65 TFLOPS (in the case of SX-8/4096M512). With its dedicated CPUs, large-scale memory and high data-transfer rate between memory and CPUs, it achieves a higher speed of computation as the simulation models that it handles become larger. Compared with scalar computers with a number of general-purpose CPUs, the SX-8 realizes extremely high performance, particularly in simulation analyses of various automotive performances, meteorological forecasting and environmental simulations.



PBS ProfessionalTM is an open workload management solution for HPC environments. The software maximizes the utilization of computing resources by intelligently scheduling and managing computational workload in a number of industries. 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.



NEC Corporation is one of the world's leading providers of Internet, broadband network and enterprise business solutions dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of its diverse and global base of customers. Ranked as one of the world's top patent-producing companies, NEC delivers tailored solutions in the key fields of computer, networking and electron devices, by integrating its technical strengths in IT and Networks, and by providing advanced semiconductor solutions through NEC Electronics Corporation.



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 800 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.

(248) 614-2400, ext. 464

dforbes@altair.com

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