News Room

« Previous Back to News List Next »

Altair Engineering Announces Academic Grant Program for PBS Pro Grid Computing Software

TROY, Mich., Nov. 19, 2003 - Altair Engineering, a global leader in product design consulting, engineering software and high-performance computing technology, reaffirmed it’s commitment to support the advancement of academic research by announcing a comprehensive Academic Grant program for their cutting edge PBS ProTM grid technology. The program is focused on providing Altair’s Portable Batch System software, PBS ProTM, to academic institutions through individual grantss.

"Altair understands the important contributions academic institutions have made towards the advancement of Grid technologies and we want to encourage the continuous innovation and use of PBS Pro within this important sector" said Michael Humphrey, vice president of Enterprise Computing, Altair. "We have successfully upgraded hundreds of Academic institutions from OpenPBS to PBS Pro with this program. These customers benefit from the increased reliability, productivity and functionality of PBS Pro and also reduce their total cost of operating their computational facilities."

Altair’s Academic Grant program was designed to increase interaction between educational organizations and their local Altair field office which will lead to higher levels of support and greater efficiencies in the utilization of their existing computational resources. Altair has an established worldwide support organization which can greatly increase the adoption and effectiveness of PBS Pro within an organization.

Customers in different regions of the world have different expectations relative to software support and the Altair Academic Grant program adapts to these different expectations. The Altair Academic grant program is tailored to conform with local customs and cultures around the world.

Qualified Academic institutions in North America who apply for a PBS Pro academic grant are offered two options: Acquire annual leases of PBS Pro without a support agreement at no cost or acquire annual leases of PBS Pro with standard commercial support for the cost a commercial customer would pay for just the support component. In counties where it is customary to include software support and installation services with all software offerings the Altair Academic program offers different acquisition options.

Existing academia customers and prospective educational organizations interested in learning more information about the PBS Pro Academic grant program are encouraged to visit the website to apply for an educational grant.

About PBS Pro

PBS Pro is the commercial version of the Portable Batch System (PBS), originally developed to manage aerospace computing resources at the NASA Ames Research Center. PBS Pro is the leader in high performance workload management and the de-facto standard for batch queuing on LINUX clusters.

About Altair Engineering

Through product design consulting, advanced engineering software and high performance computing technologies, Altair Engineering increases innovation for clients around the globe. Founded in 1985 and privately held with offices throughout 11 countries, Altair's unparalleled knowledge and expertise in product development and manufacturing extend throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As the developer of Altair® HyperWorks® - The Engineering Framework for Product DesignTM, Altair is the leading provider of high-end, open CAE software solutions for modeling, visualization, optimization and process automation. The company’s grid computing software, PBS ProTM, is a workload management solution for high performance computing environments, LINUX clusters and desktop cycle harvesting that delivers an ROI within one year. For detailed information about Altair, visit
Michael Kidder

Altair Engineering, Inc.

(248) 614-2400, ext. 269
Cynthia Rogers



Request Information

Get Started Today!