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Bull Selects Altair Engineering’s PBS Professional On-Demand Computing Software Environment for Its High-Performance Computing Systems

PBS Professional Provides a Solution That Overcomes the Challenges of Multi-Core Technology TROY, Mich., (June 20, 2007) – Altair Engineering, a leading global provider of technology and services that empower client innovation and decision-making, today announced that it has integrated PBS Professional with Bull’s NovaScale high-performance computing (HPC) systems to provide customers with a pure on-demand computing software environment. This collaboration provides a robust and flexible solution that overcomes the challenges associated with licensing software over multi-core technology and allows customers to only pay for the software licenses they use.

“By integrating Altair’s PBS Professional, Bull is delivering to customers what they have been asking for – a computing environment that allows them to receive the greatest return on their computing investment,” said Benoit Hallez, HPC business unit director at Bull. “This partnership is a good technical answer to our customer needs. PBS Professional strongly fits with our Bull Advanced Server (BAS) managing tools in terms of integration with Bull MPI, CPUSet and resources manager. In addition, the innovative software licensing model allows Bull to deliver more capability and value to our customers.”

PBS Professional is an on-demand computing software environment that provides features such as workload management and job scheduling, which are essential in powering grids, clusters and on-demand computing environments. The software maximizes the utilization of computing resources by intelligently scheduling and managing computational workloads. By increasing the efficiency of the hardware and software resources, PBS Professional reduces total cost of ownership and provides true business value to cluster and grid computing customers in a variety of industries.

“PBS is the most widely implemented software for grid-, cluster- and on-demand computing worldwide,” said Michael Humphrey, vice president of Altair’s PBS GridWorks. “Our continued focus with PBS Professional is in providing a highly scalable, available and resilient solution in HPC, which makes Bull a natural partner for us. We are excited Bull shares our vision that PBS Professional will be the key enabling technology for the future of on-demand computing and grid technologies.”

Bull NovaScale systems integrated with PBS Professional are available immediately. For more information, visit www.bull.com.

About Bull, Architect of an Open World

As one of the leading European IT companies, Bull delivers open, flexible and secure information systems. The group helps public and private sector customers transform their information systems, applying its know-how and expertise in three main areas:

  • Capitalizing on its extensive mainframe experience, Bull designs and produces robust, innovative and open servers, based on industry-standard technologies.
  • Building on its alliances with leading ISVs, Bull develops and implements flexible and interoperable application infrastructures that give business processes the freedom to evolve.
  • Bringing together recognized expertise in end-to-end IT security, Bull secures data and exchanges that are so critical in preserving customers' business integrity.

Bull has a particularly strong presence in the public, healthcare, finance, telecommunications, manufacturing and defence sectors. Its distribution network and business partners cover more than 60 countries worldwide. To learn more, please visit www.bull.com.

About PBS GridWorks

PBS GridWorks provides a suite of technologies that allows enterprise clients to maximize their ROI on computing assets through policy-based grid technology. The suite includes OpenPBS, PBS Professional, e-Compute and Scali Manage. PBS GridWorks products and services are widely deployed within a number of industries, including manufacturing, government, academia, life sciences, energy, digital media and finance. Altair’s mature partner network ensures seamless integration and ease of deployment.

About Altair Engineering

Altair Engineering, Inc. powers on-demand computing and innovation for customers worldwide. Privately held with more than 1,200 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 and grid computing technologies, Altair consistently delivers a competitive advantage to more than 3,000 customers in a broad range of industries. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com.

Diane Forbes
Altair Engineering, Inc.
+1.248.614.2400, ext. 464