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Altair Launches Analytics and Desktop-User Portal with New Release of PBS GridWorks

Latest release delivers complete support for cost-effective, scalable private HPC compute clouds

Troy, Mich., June 24, 2009 – Altair Engineering (www.altair.com), a global provider of technologies and services for managing the world’s most demanding compute-intensive workloads today announced the release of PBS GridWorks 10.1. This latest version builds upon the proven scalability and resiliency of PBS Professional® for workload scheduling; delivers PBS Catalyst™, an application-aware job management portal; and unveils PBS Analytics™ to provide expanded options for visualizing usage data to optimize high-performance computing investments.

PBS GridWorks is a complete suite of software tools vital for building and managing private clouds of high performance computing resources. The PBS Catalyst portal can be used to enable software-as-a-service (SaaS) gateways. Workloads can be optimized for dynamic cloud-computing configurations by using PBS Professional. PBS Analytics is well-suited for distributed, highly scalable environments, whether monitoring current resource use or planning for future changes.

"PBS GridWorks 10.1 provides our technical-computing customers with a very cost-effective solution for easily managing their compute-intensive application workloads," said Bill Nitzberg, chief technical officer for PBS GridWorks. "Cost-effective cloud computing requires powerful tools that can match constantly changing workloads with available resources for the most efficient use of all resources. Monitoring how efficiently resources are being used – especially energy – is very important. Our Green Provisioning feature, which is part of PBS Professional, helps customers get the most from their HPC investments by turning off underutilized systems, often lowering their energy use by 20 percent. The result is immediate cost savings, while solving the most challenging problems in the manufacturing, life sciences, financial services, energy and academic research markets."

What’s New in PBS GridWorks 10.1
Highlights and Key Features
  • Expands charting and graphing options for PBS Analytics™ for extracting valuable insights into resource- utilization levels and capacity trends. Built using a Web 2.0 framework, PBS Analytics enables advanced analyses and visualization of historical usage data from one or multiple PBS Professional clusters.
  • Introduces PBS Catalyst Desktop™, which provides a simple but powerful "drag and drop" interface for submitting, monitoring and managing workloads connected to PBS Professional compute nodes. PBS Catalyst increases end-user productivity since there are no complicated commands to learn. PBS Catalyst automates the job submission process, allowing users to spend more time creating better models and simulations.
  • Continues leadership and implementation of key industry standards vital for future workloads. PBS GridWorks now supports the Open Grid Forum HPC Basic Profile standard. PBS Professional, when paired with Windows HPC Server 2008, provides a single, consistent workload and resource management for multiple Windows HPC clusters.

With the 10.1 release, the PBS GridWorks suite provides a comprehensive solution that allows organizations to maximize the utilization of HPC resources, make data-driven IT planning and purchasing decisions, manage complex application workloads and minimize the energy consumed by global computing assets. The PBS GridWorks suite includes PBS Professional, PBS Analytics and PBS Catalyst.

PBS Professional
Commercial-grade HPC workload and resource management
Demanding HPC users worldwide have chosen PBS Professional to manage their most complex workloads, ensuring the highest possible levels of resource utilization and resiliency. PBS Professional is a core component of the PBS GridWorks suite that efficiently distributes HPC workloads across all forms of computing infrastructure. Easily scaling to support tens of thousands of processors - from clusters to the largest systems - PBS Professional ensures administrators get the maximum value from their computing infrastructure.

PBS Analytics
Analyze and visualize historical HPC usage data for optimized returns on HPC investments
PBS Analytics is a Web-based portal for visualizing usage data, helping HPC administrators understand how effectively their HPC workloads are using valuable computing resources. Detailed historical usage data can be easily selected, filtered and visualized from one or multiple HPC systems. Using PBS Analytics, administrators not only understand how well their HPC systems are working but also have the ability to make data-driven decisions for effectively optimizing current and future workloads.

PBS Catalyst
Intuitive, application-aware job submission and management portal
Submitting jobs to PBS GridWorks is as simple as dragging an input file onto the PBS Catalyst icon on your desktop system. There are no complicated commands to learn. PBS Catalyst understands your applications and how they work. Key input parameters - like the number of processors and amount of memory required – are automatically filled in. Input data sets are automatically staged and output files returned when the job completes. Once PBS Catalyst is configured for your engineering, life sciences or animation applications, it is simple to submit, monitor and manage workloads connected to any PBS Professional compute node or cluster.

“Altair is committed to serving as an industry leader in providing customers what they have been demanding and in enabling a true on-demand computing environment,” said Altair Chairman and Chief Executive Officer James R. Scapa. “Our exclusive ‘pay-for-only-what-you-use’ software pricing model and the functionality found in the latest version of PBS GridWorks make cost-effective utility computing possible.”

PBS GridWorks 10.1 is available immediately from Altair and Altair channel partners.



About PBS GridWorks
PBS GridWorks® is a suite of on-demand grid computing technologies that allows enterprises to maximize ROI on computing infrastructure assets. PBS GridWorks is the most widely implemented software environment for grid-, cloud-, cluster- and on-demand computing worldwide. The suite’s flagship product, PBS Professional®, provides a flexible, on-demand computing environment that allows enterprises to easily share diverse (heterogeneous) computing resources across geographic boundaries. Leveraging a revolutionary “pay-for-use” unit-based business model, PBS GridWorks delivers increased value and flexibility over conventional software licensing models. For more information, please visit www.pbsgridworks.com.

About Altair
Altair Engineering, Inc. empowers client innovation and decision-making through technology that optimizes the analysis, management and visualization of business and engineering information. Privately held with more than 1,300 employees, Altair has offices throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. With a 20-year-plus track record for product design and development, engineering software, advanced computing technologies, and enterprise analytics, Altair consistently delivers a competitive advantage to customers in a broad range of industries. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com.
Mike Kidder
248-614-2400 x269
media@altair.com
Bill Webster
651-270-6461
wwebster@altair.com
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