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AVL employs PBS GridWorks for Powertrain Engineering and Development

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Altair's PBS Professional Chosen to Manage Compute Intensive Workloads for Engine Component Design

TROY, Mich., June 23, 2009 – Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of technology and services that empower innovation and decision-making, today announced that AVL, the world's largest privately-owned and independent company for the development of powertrain systems, has selected PBS Professional the flagship product of PBS GridWorks to manage their engineering workload. Already a long-term customer of HyperWorks, Altair’s engineering simulation software platform, AVL has expanded their adoption of Altair technologies with the addition of PBS Professional.

PBS Professional, Altair’s flexible, on-demand computing environment will allow AVL to easily share mixed computing resources across geographic boundaries to manage mechanical and thermal stress analyses in the development of engine components.

“PBS Professional’s ease of installation and maintenance − as well as Altair’s renowned professional support and consulting services − were the main reasons for us to choose PBS Professional,” said Günter Bachler, Senior System Administrator CAx, Product Development IT at AVL, Graz. “PBS Professional’s advanced job management environment enables us to maximize the utilization of our cluster compute power at a very competitive price. It also provides the advanced integrated scheduling strategies that we need for mapping complex job requirements into heterogeneous computing environments.”

“We are glad to see AVL as one of our premium PBS Professional customers in Europe,“ said Dr. Jochen Krebs, director enterprise solutions sales, Altair Engineering, GmbH. “A growing portion of our European and international HyperWorks customers realize the multiple advantages Altair has to offer, not only for CAE applications but also in the area of grid computing. PBS Professional helps companies to use their compute resources more efficiently and increases productivity even in the most complex computing environments.”

About PBS GridWorks
PBS GridWorks is a suite of on-demand grid computing technologies, developed by Altair Engineering, Inc., 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 mixed computing resources across geographic boundaries. To learn more, please visit www.pbsgridworks.com.

About AVL
AVL is the world's largest privately owned company for development of powertrains (combustion engines, hybrid systems, electric drive) as well as simulation and test systems for passenger cars, trucks and marine engines. AVL develops and improves all kinds of powertrain systems and is a competent partner to the engine and automotive industry. In addition, AVL develops and markets the simulation methods which are necessary for the development work. The high-tech company AVL employs 4,500 people in 45 affiliates worldwide. Turnover in 2008 was 740 million Euro. For more information please visit www.avl.com.

About Altair Engineering
Altair Engineering, Inc. 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 product design, advanced engineering software, grid computing technologies and enterprise analytics solutions, 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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