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PBS Works User Group Conference Will Feature Top Minds in Supercomputing Development

TROY, Mich., Aug. 1, 2012 – Engineers will have the opportunity to learn and collaborate with America’s best minds in supercomputing development at the first PBS Works User Group Conference October 2-3, 2012, at the Tech Museum in San Jose, Calif. High-performance computing (HPC) experts from industries including government, life science and manufacturing, will speak at the event, organized by the PBS Works division of Altair, a leading global provider of simulation technology and advanced computing software solutions.

In addition to high-level speakers, the event will feature presentations and panel discussions by Altair technical experts, hands-on workshops and training sessions, and networking opportunities.

The PBS Works User Group Conference is designed specifically for current customers and partners who rely on solutions from PBS Works, the most widely implemented software environment to optimize grid, cloud, cluster and on-demand computing worldwide. Those attending will include executives, IT administrators, business managers, scientists and R&D professionals using PBS Works HPC technologies.

Scheduled speakers for the two-day event include:

  • Jim Glidewell, senior HPC analyst, Boeing

  • Bill Mannel, VP of product marketing, SGI

  • Randall Martin, HPC infrastructure manager, Clemson University

  • Jon Shelley, HPC – software consultant lead, Idaho National Laboratory

  • Kathy Smith, executive agent, Army Research Laboratory DoD Supercomputing Resource Center

  • Robert Stober, senior solutions architect, Bright Computing

  • Justin Wood, systems engineer, SAIC/Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center

Members of the user group will be welcomed by Altair Chairman and CEO Jim Scapa and PBS Works CTO Bill Nitzberg.

The event will focus on best practices, tips and techniques for using PBS Works’ HPC solutions, as well as trends in cloud computing and in reporting and analysis, along with presentations from Altair hardware partners. Hands-on workshops will offer tips and tricks with PBS plug-ins and application definitions.

In addition to the user group conference, PBS Works will conduct a 3-day training course on the fundamentals for using PBS Professional Sept. 26-28 in Mountain View, Calif. Visit for details.

The latest version of PBS Professional (11.3), the leading HPC workload management and job scheduling solution, is also now available and accessible on to download or participate in a free trial.

The PBS Works User Group Conference is sponsored by SGI, AMD, Bright Computing and Cray. To find more information on the event, learn about speaking opportunities, or register, PBS Works users and partners should visit

About PBS Works
PBS Works™, Altair's suite of on-demand cloud computing technologies, allows enterprises to maximize ROI on existing infrastructure assets. PBS Works is the most widely implemented software environment for managing grid, cloud, and cluster computing resources worldwide. Its flagship product, PBS Professional®, allows enterprises to easily share distributed computing resources across geographic boundaries. With additional tools for portal-based submission, analytics, and data management, the PBS Works suite is a comprehensive solution for optimizing HPC environments. Leveraging a revolutionary “pay-for-use” unit-based business model, PBS Works delivers increased value and flexibility over conventional software-licensing models. Visit to learn more about how PBS Works makes high-performance computing.

About Altair
Altair 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 1,500 employees, Altair has offices throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. With a 26-year track record for high-end software for engineering and computing, enterprise analytics solutions, and innovative product design and development, Altair consistently delivers a competitive advantage to customers in a broad range of industries. Visit and

Media Contact:
Deana Goodrich
Airfoil PR for Altair/PBS Works

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