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Altair Introduces Advanced Scheduling Features with PBS Professional™ 9.2

Brad Rutledge

Bill Butcher
+1.248.614.2400 Ext. 321

Eligible time, tunable formula and standing reservations help customers achieve higher ROI

TROY, MI (May 20, 2008) - Altair announced today the release of PBS Professional 9.2, the leading on-demand computing software for cluster and grid computing, by introducing three key new features: eligible time, tunable formula and standing reservations for more powerful scheduling capabilities. The addition of these advanced features to PBS Professional will help customers increase software utilization and ROI, and help improve overall productivity by automating many advanced operations.

"Altair continues to deliver high-value to customers by introducing new and powerful features to PBS Professional like eligible time, tunable formula and standing reservations to empower customers to achieve high software utilization and performance," said Rob Walsh, director of business development for Altair. "While PBS is the most widely used software of its kind and the clear industry-leader, Altair is continuing to invest significant resources to add valuable features that our customers and partners are seeking."

User benefits include the following:
  • First scheduler to include age-based parameters to assist in determining queue priority
  • Intelligent system automatically eliminates unnecessary policy scheduling limits
  • Allows users to access unused computing resources for higher software utilization and user productivity
  • Customers can create and implement custom mathematical operations for unmatched flexibility and customer empowerment
  • Standing reservations allow administrators to schedule reoccurring resource reservations


“Cray is committed to delivering the most advanced supercomputers in the world, to help our customers solve the greatest engineering and scientific challenges of our time. Altair’s PBS Professional enables higher productivity through greater availability and utilization, allowing our customers to gain maximum value from their high performance computing systems. Delivering stability, availability and scalability, PBS Professional 9.2 provides highly efficient workload management for our Cray XT system users.”

--Ian Miller, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Cray Inc.

“Altair’s PBS Professional is a preferred workload/job management tool for SGI cluster and high performance computing environments because it meets the needs of our customers for high productivity,” said Irene Qualters, senior vice president of software for SGI. “PBS Professional supports SGI ProPack 5, SGI Altix, SGI Altix ICE, and SGI Altix XE solutions.”


Altair’s 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-, 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.


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 1,400 employees, Altair has offices throughout North America, South 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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