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Altair’s New Personal PBS Turns Personal Computers into Powerful Compute Clusters for Free

Brad Rutledge

Michael J. Kidder
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Personal PBS Takes Advantage of Multi-core Technology to Greatly Enhance Local Desktop Performance

Troy, MI - (Feb. 02, 2009) – Altair today unveiled Personal PBS, a free turnkey application that leverages multi-core CPU technology to easily transform any desktop computer into a miniature compute farm or cluster system. For a nominal fee, Personal PBS also provides an easy upgrade path that enables customers to submit jobs from their personal desktop to backend server systems running PBS Professional®. Altair expects this new product to appeal to the open-source community, academia, small and medium-size businesses, and corporate clients who want to maximize local desktop performance. Personal PBS is available for download at no charge at www.personalpbs.com.

Personal PBS leverages the additional compute capacity available in desktop computers with multi-core technology, greatly enhancing local computer efficiency and user experience and leading to higher productivity. With its intuitive drag-and-drop interface, Personal PBS is simple to use even for novice users.

“Personal PBS is exciting because it provides a free, simple tool that allows our customers to increase productivity by leveraging available computing hardware,” said Dr. Bill Nitzberg, chief technology officer, GridWorks. “And for PBS Professional customers with a high-performance backend cluster computer, users can seamlessly take advantage of both the backend cluster and their own desktops to do more faster.”

Personal PBS utilizes the same technology as the company’s field-proven, commercial workload management solution – PBS Professional® – to make real-time, on-the-fly adjustments based on processor and memory availability. As an intelligent application, Personal PBS allows users to continue to work on their desktops with no adverse effects while submitted jobs run in the background. In addition, customers can set job priorities and queue jobs to run at night or over the weekend.

Personal PBS is the newest addition to Altair’s GridWorks software suite, an industry-leading, on-demand computing software environment for grid and cluster computing, delivering improved performance, greater administrator control and reduced power costs.


Altair’s GridWorks suite consists of on-demand grid computing technologies that allows enterprises to maximize ROI on computing infrastructure assets. 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. To learn more, please visit www.pbsgridworks.com.


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 1,300 employees, Altair has offices throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. With a 20-year-plus track record for enterprise analytics, product development, and advanced computing, 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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