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Altair Engineering Announces the Availability of RADIOSS on Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003


Diane Forbes
Altair Engineering, Inc.
+1.248.614.2400, ext. 464
media@altair.com


Windows-based HPC clusters offer computing efficiency to CAE community

TROY, Mich. USA (Nov. 13, 2006) - Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of technology and services that strengthen client innovation and decision-making, today announced the public release of its RADIOSS transient, nonlinear Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) technology for the Windows Server 2003 environment. RADIOSS SPMD V5 has been ported and optimized to run on Microsoft Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003, and provides a robust platform for RADIOSS customers to simulate complex problems, such as safety-related performance, impact events, fluid and fluid-structure interaction problems and biomechanics.

Windows Compute Cluster Server is designed specifically to run parallel, high-performance computing applications for customers solving complex computations. Windows Compute Cluster Server accelerates innovation by providing a reliable high-performance computing cluster platform that is easy to deploy, manage, and integrate with existing infrastructure and tools. With Windows Compute Cluster Server, RADIOSS clients have the ability to increase computing power, product quality and time to market at a reduced cost.

"Throughout the manufacturing industry, HPC clusters are accelerating innovation as they become more readily available," said Shawn Hansen, director of HPC marketing, Windows Server Division at Microsoft Corp. "We’re pleased to be working with Altair Engineering to show RADIOSS running on Windows CCS with best-in-class performance. Because scientists and engineers no longer need to sacrifice ease-of-use for performance, they can increase productivity and focus on science and not IT."

RADIOSS benchmark studies show comparable performance running Windows Compute Cluster Server compared to Linux cluster solutions, and Windows Server 2003 provides the ability to easily set up RADIOSS on compute clusters. The RADIOSS benchmarks on Windows Compute Cluster Server were performed on a cluster running Intel Xeon 3.4 Ghz processors while the Linux cluster was run on Intel Xeon 3.6 Ghz powered clusters.

"High-performance computing is a crucial capability for the automotive industry, for testing structural integrity, airflow around vehicles, and the motions of its components and systems," said Eric Lequiniou, Altair Engineering’s manager, Solver Technology and Quality Assurance. "Our close collaboration with Microsoft has resulted in a solution that combines supercomputing scalability and performance along with ease of use through integration with existing Windows infrastructure."



About RADIOSS

RADIOSS is an industry-leading explicit and implicit finite-element solver technology that simulates mechanical, structural, fluid and fluid-structure interaction phenomena, taking into account nonlinear material, for quasi-static and dynamic loading events. RADIOSS is part of the Altair® HyperWorks® CAE technology suite. HyperWorks provides robust solver solutions for linear, nonlinear, fluid and fluid structure interaction, structural optimization and multi-body dynamics applications, while delivering best-in-class modeling, visualization and process automation solutions.



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.

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