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Altair to Offer HPC Cloud Solutions on Microsoft Azure

21 July 2015

Altair has formed a business collaboration with Microsoft to build and offer high-performance computing (HPC) solutions on the Azure cloud computing platform.

This follows Microsoft’s decision to name Altair’s PBS Works suite as its preferred workload management solution for Azure manufacturing clients.

Altair says it will work closely with Microsoft to develop turnkey solutions allowing users to access cloud high-performance computing (HPC) resources in Azure from any web-enabled device. These solutions will leverage Altair’s PBS Works platform in Azure to enable intuitive web portal access and secure workload management for rapid, scalable access to Azure HPC resources.

Initial solutions will target manufacturing’s increasing HPC demand to run compute-intensive simulations such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD), crash and safety analysis, optimization and electromagnetics.

“We are very happy to be working with Microsoft on this important initiative to bring practical cloud solutions to the users who need them,” said Rob Walsh, Vice President of Business Development, Altair. “With PBS Works powered by Azure, engineers have instant access to the capacity they need to accelerate the innovation process, free of data movement constraints.”

Altair has served the HPC market for decades with award-winning workload management, engineering, and cloud computing software. Used by thousands of companies worldwide, PBS Works enables engineers in HPC environments to improve productivity, optimise resource utilisation and efficiency, and simplify the process of workload management.

“Altair is a longtime leader in HPC and cloud solutions,” said Nicole Herskowitz, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Microsoft Azure. “Their unique combination of HPC and engineering expertise make them a strong company to collaborate with as we refine our Azure offering for the manufacturing industry.”

Users of manufacturing simulation software benefit from Microsoft Azure’s Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) for Linux and Windows environments, which enables data access and transfer without consuming CPU in the remote host machine.

Altair plans to announce the availability of the PBS-Azure cloud offering during the European Altair Technology Conference in October 2015.