Where to Begin: HPC and Cloud Computing Models for Engineers

In this session, cloud expert Rick Watkins presents three actionable HPC and cloud models designed to optimize innovation potential and longtime ROI, whether your team is small and nimble or maintains its own large compute infrastructure. Engineers interested in boosting performance with HPC will come away with an understanding of what HPC and cloud model could be right for them – as well as a high-level appreciation for the critical role that IT infrastructure optimization plays in maintaining your team’s competitive edge, and all the complexity involved in making appear simple.

Future.Industry 2021

Accelerating Design for VLSI

As an IP design and licensing company, time-to-market and engineering efficiency are CEVA’s most critical and valued metrics. With this in mind, the team at CEVA selected the Altair Accelerator™ job scheduler for their VLSI workflows.

Customer Stories

Saving Serious Money with License-first Scheduling

Altair's Stuart Taylor, director of enterprise computing core development, gives you an inside look at the license-first scheduling strategy the world's top technology companies use to increase the amount of high-performance, high-throughput computing jobs that can be executed across a finite resource set.

Conference Presentations

Bringing Cost as Close as Possible to Exact Demand

"Watch your money," says Altair chief scientist and Runtime founder Andrea Casotto, explaining how Rapid Scaling can bring the cost of your cloud computing as close as possible to exact demand.

HPC Summit 2020

Altair for HPC and Cloud Applications

In the data center and in the cloud, Altair’s industry-leading HPC tools let you orchestrate, visualize, optimize, and analyze your most demanding workloads.


PBS Works Documentation

Documentation for PBS Works Products, including Release Notes, Programmer's Guides, User's Guides, and Administrator's Guides


Webinar: GPU accelerated Aerodynamics CFD using Altair ultraFluidX

Most traditional simulations take too long to complete and takes significant toll on the vehicle manufacturer’s capability to arrive at an optimal design that considers styling and aerodynamic performance. In this webinar, we introduce you to Altair’s ultraFluidX, a GPU based Lattice Boltzmann solver that delivers unbeatable performance and overnight transient simulations of full vehicle aerodynamics on a single server. We will discuss the challenges in executing a full vehicle transient simulation and demonstrate how ultraFluidX technology and workflow helps you to overcome many of these with tremendous ease. We will also discuss some of the unique features that helps you perform multiple design analysis cycles with an unprecedented level of automation.


Enterprise Computing Technical Day

Presentation by Zohar Levy & Ketan Kulkarni, EC Experts at the ATCx in Israel, Netanya on October 30, 2019.

Conference Presentations

Forecast Your Software Licensing Future with Altair SAO Predict

Altair SAO enables you to visualize and analyze global software inventories and utilization rates across facilities, divisions, departments, and users. With SAO, it’s easy to pinpoint underutilized assets for better business planning and forecasting. Because we have deep domain expertise in not only HPC but also business analytics and software licensing systems, Altair is uniquely qualified to offer powerful SAO solutions tailored to the individual requirements of each organization. The Altair SAO Predict module is a “what-if” simulator — an entirely new approach to exploring configuration alternatives using a virtual license manager and the data generated by SAO. In this webinar, SAO expert Alhad Joshi, Altair's Vice President of Enterprise Analytics Solutions, showcases the benefits of using SAO and SAO Predict in a global organization.


Multi-Physics Design and Optimization of a Complex Radar System

Today, most products are complex mechatronic combinations of advanced technologies, mixing electrical parts with controllers and embedded software. To efficiently manage innovative products, organizations are turning to a Model-Based Development approach for concept studies, control design, multi-domain system simulation and optimization. To meet this demand, Altair’s simulation and optimization suite aims to transform design and decision-making throughout product lifecycles with their multi-disciplinary software tools and consultancy services.

Technical Document

Altair Accelerator Datasheet

Altair Accelerator™ is the industry’s fastest enterprise job scheduler, with high-performance hierarchical scheduling and scalable, event-driven architecture for the highest throughput. Accelerator maximizes capacity utilization and is capable of running millions of jobs per day.


Introduction to Altair Accelerator

Accelerator is an enterprise-grade job scheduler designed for distributed high-performance computing (HPC) environments. As a highly adaptable solution, it is capable of managing compute infrastructures from small dedicated server farms to complex distributed HPC environments. The Plus package of Accelerator (Accelerator Plus) also includes a hierarchical scheduler architected to off-load the base scheduler, enabling greater throughput, better license and resource utilization, and more flexible scheduler usage models.

Product Overview Videos

Altair Accelerator Demo

Accelerator is an enterprise-grade job scheduler designed for distributed high-performance computing (HPC) environments. As a highly adaptable solution, it is capable of managing compute infrastructures from small dedicated server farms to complex distributed HPC environments. The Plus package of Accelerator (Accelerator Plus) also includes a hierarchical scheduler architected to off-load the base scheduler, enabling greater throughput, better license and resource utilization, and more flexible scheduler usage models. View the demo to learn more.

Product Overview Videos

Altair Accelerator Plus Demo

The Plus package of Accelerator (Accelerator Plus) also includes a hierarchical scheduler architected to off-load the base scheduler, enabling greater throughput, better license and resource utilization, and more flexible scheduler usage models.

Product Overview Videos

Inphi Corporation Speeds Up Semiconductor Design with Altair Accelerator

Inphi produces high-speed semiconductor components and optical subsystems that enable big data to move quickly throughout the globe, both inside data centers and between broadly distributed computing facilities. In today’s competitive semiconductor design and electronic design automation (EDA) industry, winning organizations leverage high-performance computing (HPC) and high-end design software to stay ahead of the game. As these tools are often expensive, maximizing utilization to ensure the design and development process runs quickly and efficiently — and that everything stays within budget — is the key to delivering innovative technologies to market faster than competitors. The team at Inphi understands the importance of HPC and EDA software performance optimization better than most. They evaluated several competing solutions before selecting Altair Accelerator, which stood out among the competition for superior performance and Altair’s reputation for excellent customer service.

Customer Stories

Workload Scalability with Accelerator and Accelerator Plus

View this product demo video featuring the workload management tools Altair Accelerator and Altair Accelerator Plus to learn more about the software.

Use Cases

Altair Rapid Scaling

Getting started with Altair Rapid Scaling, a high-throughput, cost-conscious job scheduler robust enough to meet the demands of today's semiconductor, EDA and high-performance computing workloads in the cloud.

Product Overview Videos

Short-running Jobs Can Help Optimize Your Resource Utilization

Semiconductor companies typically run jobs by queuing them up, then using a job scheduler to dispatch them onto available cores in server farms while pulling EDA tool licenses from a license server. There are two primary goals facing organizations, and they’re somewhat at odds with each other: first, maximizing the utilization of server farms and software licenses and second, running jobs with minimal latency so users aren’t delayed. The easiest way to satisfy the requirements of high utilization and low latency is to maximize the number of short-duration jobs. Just as it is easier to fill a bucket with sand than it is with large rocks, short jobs give the scheduler increased flexibility in what jobs to run and when. Short jobs will not block or occupy a resource for long periods and are therefore not likely to impede the progress of higher-priority jobs arriving in the queue. Altair Accelerator™ is an agile, fully featured scheduler optimized for today’s EDA workloads. The most important difference between Accelerator and other popular schedulers is its event-driven architecture, which allows it to schedule a new job immediately when compute resources and software licenses become available.

White Papers

Meeting Job Scheduling Challenges for Organizations of All Sizes

Every semiconductor design group uses some sort of job scheduler, whether it is selected by a corporate IT department or by the group itself. At a high level, the function of a job scheduler is simple: Be aware of what is in the queue and what hardware and software license resources are available and make good decisions about what jobs to schedule when. In practice there are a several subtle issues that are just as important, including job mix, prioritization, and ease of support. While every company is unique, the issues surrounding job scheduling are often related to company size or, more accurately, the size of the compute farm and design teams. Altair Accelerator™ is a high-throughput, enterprise-grade job scheduler designed to meet the complex demands of semiconductor design, EDA, and high-performance computing (HPC). It’s a highly adaptable solution capable of managing compute infrastructures from small, dedicated server farms to complex, distributed environments.

White Papers

Rapidly Advancing Electronics: Altair Solutions Enable Rapid Growth for Wired Connectivity Leader Kandou

Kandou is a rapidly growing leader in fast, energy-efficient wired connectivity. Its disruptive technologies include chip products and IP solutions designed to accelerate the evolution of electronics and enable increasingly small, energy efficient, cost-effective devices. Faced with rapid growth, the team at Kandou needed to manage workloads and licensing for their expensive EDA tools. We set Kandou’s team up with Altair Accelerator™ for job scheduling and Altair Monitor™ for real-time license monitoring and management.

Customer Stories

Predicting Global Weather & Climate - New NCAR HPC System Expected to Achieve Over 3x Faster Performance

HPC systems at NCAR power the science behind global weather and climate prediction and research. In early 2021, NCAR announced that their Cheyenne supercomputer, located at the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center, will be replaced by a new HPE Cray EX system with 3.5x more processing power, up to 19.87 petaflops with a combination of CPU and GPU nodes. The new system will include efficient workload management and scheduling by Altair® PBS Professional® and Altair Accelerator™ Plus.

Customer Stories

A Cost-benefit Look at Open-source vs. Commercial HPC Workload Managers

High-performance computing (HPC) fuels scientific discovery and innovation across multiple industries. The combination of large datasets, advanced simulation techniques, and machine learning helps organizations generate insights that would not be possible without modern HPC infrastructure. Given HPC’s outsized role in driving business results, selecting the right management software is critical. This is especially true in commercial organizations where time is money. In this paper, we discuss the pros and cons of open-source software in HPC and make the case for commercial workload management. While open-source workload managers are fine in some situations, they can present disadvantages in production environments.

White Papers

Altair Accelerator 2021.1 Dashboard – Demo Video

The Altair Accelerator job scheduler has a web user interface (UI) that allows users and administrators to view queued and running jobs, status of execution hosts, and many other important statuses of the cluster that is being managed. The dashboard page in the UI can be very useful for system admins as they monitor the status of Accelerator function and cluster loading. The dashboard is auto-refreshing and shows you at a glance the most recent status.

Quick Start

Altair Enterprise Computing Solutions with SUSE Enterprise Linux

In her presentation at SC21, Dr. Rosemary Francis explains how developers and administrators get the most out of their workload managers using the wide range of Altair enterprise computing solutions running SUSE Enterprise Linux.

Conference Presentations

Six Smarter Scheduling Techniques for Optimizing EDA Productivity

Semiconductor firms rely on software tools for all phases of the chip design process, from system-level design to logic simulation and physical layout. Given the enormous investment in tools, design talent, and infrastructure, even minor improvements in server farm efficiency can significantly impact the bottom line. As a result, verification engineers and IT managers are constantly looking for new sources of competitive advantage. Workload management plays a crucial role in helping design teams share limited resources, boost simulation throughput, and maximize productivity. In this paper, we discuss six valuable techniques to help improve design center productivity.

White Papers