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MTU Selects Altair as its Strategic Partner for CAE Pre- and Post-processing and HPC Workload Management Solutions

Aerospace company will consolidate software tools for all development departments worldwide with HyperWorks and PBS Professional TROY, Mich., Feb. 14, 2012 – Altair Engineering, Inc., announced today that MTU Aero Engines, a leading provider of aero engines for the civil and military aircraft industry, has selected HyperWorks as its primary strategic solution for CAE pre- and post-processing and PBS Professional® for high-performance computing (HPC) tasks.

HyperWorks is Altair’s comprehensive simulation platform for rapid design exploration and decision-making. MTU selected HyperWorks following a year-long enterprise benchmark that deeply investigated all major CAE commercial software packages. As a result, MTU will deploy the HyperWorks modules HyperMesh and HyperView across the bigger part of its development groups worldwide, entirely replacing its former commercial pre- and post-processing solution.

PBS Professional, Altair’s commercial-grade workload management and job submission solution, provides a flexible, on-demand cloud computing environment that allows enterprises to easily share distributed computing resources. PBS Professional will serve as MTU’s strategic workload management solution, handling job distribution and scheduling of high-performance enterprise computing resources.

“Selecting Altair has been a strategic decision for MTU,” said Dr. Hans-Peter Hackenberg, MTU’s manager of structural mechanics, thermal analysis, air and oil systems. “We were looking for a long-term partner able to provide us with the best tools on the market as well as with sound technical know-how in the aero engines domain and continuous support to integrate the software into our processes. HyperWorks has demonstrated market leadership in modeling and visualization technology, which will help us to increase productivity and quality in product development. Moreover, best-in-class existing multi-solver interfaces to third-party solvers and customized interfaces to in-house tools will allow us to harmonize processes and tools in the structural and thermal analysis environments.”

“In addition to HyperWorks, we chose PBS Professional for our high-performance computing needs,” said Dr. Hartmut Scheitle, from MTU’s IT department for CAE. “As the number of cluster CPUs continued to rapidly increase, we saw the necessity to find a workload management software able to provide the needed functionalities and robustness, and at the same time, minimize licensing costs. Altair’s licensing system has allowed us to achieve this goal.”

Erwin A. Pignitter, senior vice president and CIO of MTU Aero Engines, outlined, “MTU’s high technology products require an optimal integration of IT-tools, processes and IT-infrastructure. Powerful CAE-tools like HyperWorks help us to follow that strategic direction.”

“We are very pleased with MTU’s decision and are looking forward to working with the company to integrate our tools into its development process,” said Dr. Uwe Schramm, country manager for Altair Germany. “A growing number of aerospace manufacturers and suppliers turn to HyperWorks; and with our offerings in engineering services, our support and cloud-computing capabilities, I am sure we will be able to satisfy their needs, including the required customization, training, interfaces and support. Being an engineering company ourselves, we speak their language, understand their needs, and are able to provide them with the tools and support they ask for.”

About MTU
MTU Aero Engines is Germany's leading engine manufacturer and an established global player in the industry. It engages in the development, manufacture, marketing and support of commercial and military aircraft engines in all thrust and power categories and industrial gas turbines. The German manufacturer employs approximately 8,200 people overall and with its various affiliates has a presence in all significant regions and markets worldwide. In the years ahead, MTU will focus its resources on its core business, seek stakes in emerging engine programs and expand its service offerings. For more information, please visit: www.mtu.de.

About HyperWorks
HyperWorks, a platform for innovation, is a comprehensive simulation solution for rapid design exploration and decision-making. HyperWorks provides a tightly integrated suite of best-in-class tools for all facets of the simulation process: modeling, analysis, optimization, visualization, reporting and collaborative knowledge management. Leveraging a revolutionary pay-per-usage licensing model, HyperWorks delivers maximum value and flexibility for customers worldwide. For more information, please visit: www.altairhyperworks.com.

About PBS Works
PBS Works™ is a suite of on-demand cloud computing technologies that allows enterprises to maximize ROI on computing infrastructure assets. PBS Works is the most widely implemented software environment to optimize grid, cloud, 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 distributed computing resources to create and sustain competitive advantages – whether shortened time to market or improved product quality. Leveraging a revolutionary “pay-for-use” unit-based business model, PBS Works delivers increased value and flexibility over conventional software-licensing models. Visit http://www.pbsworks.com to learn more about how PBS Works makes high-performance computing faster, smarter and more productive.

About Altair
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 1,500 employees, Altair has offices throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. With a 26-year 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. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com and www.simulatetoinnovate.com.

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