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Altair Announces Innovative Cloud Applications on Amazon Web Services for Mainstream CFD Users

Troy, Mich., August 21, 2013 — Altair today announced the release of CFDCalc, an on-demand and affordable computational fluid dynamics (CFD) application, built on top of Altair’s industry-leading CFD solver, AcuSolve. Leveraging the reliability, efficiency and near-instant availability of Amazon Web Services (AWS), this innovative cloud application serves as both a software-as-a-service (SaaS) application and as a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) application. With this, users can access high-end CFD technology as an online, cloud-based service, and industry experts can take advantage of the vertical framework and easily develop their own vertical CFD applications.

CFDCalc comes with two pre-packaged, special-purpose vertical applications that are developed to solve two common yet challenging CFD problems: fluid mixing in the industrial and consumer mixing industry, and thermal cooling in the electronics industry. Altair will offer additional vertical applications while promoting experts and developers globally to use the framework to develop new applications, further enhancing the portfolio of solutions.

“Running complex CFDCalc solutions on AWS enables users to have virtually unlimited on-demand compute resources, and allows the CFDCalc services to scale up or down as needed,” said Terry Wise, Director of Worldwide Partner Ecosystem, AWS. “We are excited to be working with Altair to bring these innovative and cost-effective CFD solutions to our joint customers.”

“CFDCalc brings high-end CFD technology to the general engineering community, allowing all levels of users—from casual designers and analysts to expert developers—to take advantage of the same technology used by Fortune 500 companies as an online CFD simulation tool or platform for application development,” said Dr. Farzin Shakib, Vice President of CFD technology at Altair. “This new kind of cloud application, with an intelligent Web interface, requires no CFD expertise for users, eliminating the upfront cost of purchasing hardware and software, and provides solutions at a fraction of the cost and time previously required. It also provides the means for CFD experts to design, develop and deploy calculators on CFDCalc and market them globally.”

Employing CFDCalc as a PaaS technology, Altair will enable new waves of developers to build and deploy new vertical applications that they otherwise may not be able to do, fueling a social network community connecting CFD experts with potential users. Furthermore, companies can deploy CFDCalc on Amazon Web Services for their dedicated use.

To access CFDCalc, visit https://www.cfdcalc.com.

About Altair
Altair empowers client innovation and decision-making through technology that optimizes the analysis, management and visualization of business and engineering information. Privately held, with 2,000 employees, Altair has offices throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. With a 28-year-plus track record for high-end software and consulting services for engineering, computing and enterprise analytics, Altair consistently delivers a competitive advantage to customers in a broad range of industries. Altair has more than 3,000 corporate clients representing the automotive, aerospace, government and defense, and consumer products verticals. Altair also has a growing client presence in the electronics, architecture engineering and construction, and energy markets. To learn more, visit www.altair.com and www.simulatetoinnovate.com.

Jenn Korail
Airfoil for Altair