Accelerating Engineering and Design Processes using Solutions from Altair and Dell Technologies

Martinrea International Inc. is a leader in the development and production of quality metal parts, assemblies and modules, fluid management systems, and complex aluminum products. Martinrea’s engineering and design teams need reliable high performance solutions to accelerate product development cycles. See how with the use of solutions from Altair and Dell Technologies systems, Martinrea is saving both time and money.

Case Study

A Day in the Life: How HPC and Cloud Multiply the Exploration Potential of Your Workday

Today’s most competitive engineering, research, and design teams can access their software, their data, and importantly, powerful HPC resources, from anywhere in the world. From launching software on any device to accelerating jobs with on-demand solving power and seamlessly visualizing, sharing, and managing data with their team, in this session attendees will follow a “day in the life” of the modern engineer, with a special look at how HPC and cloud technology make it possible to scale exploration exponentially without increasing the hours spent at engineering desks.

Future.Industry 2021

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

Panel Discussion: HPC & Cloud for Software Stakeholders, Where Your Computer Comes from and Why it Matters

In this panel, participants including Dr. Gerardo Olivares of the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) and David Griffith of Robotic Process Automation software provider, AmdoSoft, will be joined by Altair’s own SVP - Strategic Relationships, Piush Patel, to discuss the benefits and complexities of navigating the complex HPC and cloud landscape. If you are a software user looking to accelerate productivity or vendor eager to understand how cloud delivery models can benefit your customers and bottom line, this panel will provide a practical look at the complex cloud landscape from the perspective of software stakeholders and advice from experts on how to embrace it.

Future.Industry 2021

Integrating Enroot with Altair PBS Professional

Enroot is a simple, yet powerful tool to turn traditional container/OS images into unprivileged sandboxes. It uses the same underlying technologies as containers but removes much of the isolation they inherently provide while preserving filesystem separation. HPC experts from Altair and NVIDIA share how customers may use PBS Professional and the Enroot solution to leverage powerful NVIDIA GPUs to advance machine learning, artificial intelligence workloads, and more.


The Sound of Silence - Acoustic Analysis of a Rail Carriage Bellow using Product Alphacell

Noise reduction is an important issue when developing products and components for railway applications. Recently, Ultimate Europe had to perform an acoustic analysis of a rail carriage bellow. In addition to its own broad portfolio of simulation solutions, Altair offers a wide selection of complementary software tools through the Altair Partner Alliance (APA). With Altair’s unique, flexible licensing model customers have access to these solutions at no additional costs. Altair Units allowed Ultimate to leverage APA products and access the functionalities of AlphaCell to predict the acoustic response of the bellow. Results included reduced run time, a decrease in model set up time, and increased combined metric correlation.

Customer Stories

Optimizing Process Design at Renault - Faster and Easier Rim Optimization using Altair Inspire and HPC

As the traditional optimization process at Renault required many iterations, simulation engineer involvement, and a considerable amount of time, the company was looking for tools and methods to improve this process. They wanted to implement a new, easy-to-use simulation tool that would allow non-experts, part-time analysts, and designers to gain insight and accurate results in early design phases of Renault chassis projects. With the goal to enable designers to run simulation by themselves without being dependent on the engineer’s calculations, the team began using Altair Inspire. The implementation on the Altair HPC platform enabled the engineers to send their highly complex calculations to the HPC server while running calculations on their workstation. The results included time savings, an 80% increase in process automation and mass reduction up to 20%.

Customer Stories

Job Scheduling on NCAR’s Next-generation Supercomputer

Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL) supports and advances this research in the geosciences with the world-class HPC and high-performance storage.  For workload management and resource scheduling, NCAR uses Altair PBS Professional to exploit features like cloud bursting, fairshare, power-user and maintenance reservations, resource assignment with control groups, high-throughput hierarchical scheduling, green provisioning, and energy-aware scheduling. This presentation by Irfan Elahi, Brian Vanderwende, and John Blaas from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) was aired during the 2021 Altair HPC Summit, and is about 29 minutes long. View all HPC Summit 2021 Presentations

HPC Summit 2021

PBS Works Technology Day Workshop

The aim is to equip our valued customers with sufficient knowledge to take care of their daily System Administration task. Learn how you can accelerate your HPC and improve resource utilization with industry-leading workload Management system Altair PBS Pro, it is easy to create intelligent policies to manage distributed, mixed-vendor computing assets as a single, unified system. The PBS Professional scheduler is topology-aware and supports GPU scheduling.


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

PBS Professional 2020.1 Intro

PBS Works CTO Bill Nitzberg gets excited about the all-new PBS Professional 2020.1 with new features including cloud bursting, forecasting and simulation, budgeting and accounting, and hierarchical scheduling.

HPC Summit 2020

Hierarchical Scheduling for High-throughput Computing Workloads

Jérémie Bourdoncle, senior director of enterprise computing core development at Altair, talks about the benefits of hierarchical scheduling for high-throughput computing with Altair PBS Professional 2020.

HPC Summit 2020

Cloud Bursting: State of the Art GUIs for Seamless Scaling

Altair's EMEA enterprise computing director, Chris Townend, and product manager, Ian Littlewood, team up to talk about adopting HPC in the cloud and making it simple for users and administrators.

HPC Summit 2020

Budgeting, Allocation Management, and Workload Simulation

Altair's Ian Littlewood, product manager for enterprise computing core development, talks about budget allocation and workload simulation in the new PBS Professional 2020.

HPC Summit 2020

Altair Weather Solution Featuring PBS Professional and Cylc

NIWA's Dr. Hilary Oliver, inventor of the Cylc engine for cycling workflows, joins Altair's David Block and Ashish Singh to share details about the Altair Weather Solution featuring PBS Professional and Cylc.

HPC Summit 2020

Altair's 2020 Data Analytics Summit

James R. Scapa brings more than 35 years of engineering experience to his dual role of chairman and CEO of Altair, a title he has held since the company's inception in 1985. Through Scapa's leadership, the company is now a global technology company that provides software and cloud solutions in the areas of product development, high performance computing (HPC) and data analytics. Today, the company employs over 3,000 engineers, scientists and creatives with more than 86 offices in 25 countries. With more than 11,000 customers globally, Altair software enables customers to enhance product performance, compress development time and reduce costs. Scapa earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University and a master of business administration degree from University of Michigan.

Data Anaytics Summit 2020

Optimization-enabled Structural and Multiphysics Analysis

Simulation-driven design powered by topology optimization was created by OptiStruct over two decades ago. Its success has changed the CAE/CAD industry as today all vendors have embraced this trend.

Conference Presentations

Altair 2020 and Beyond

James R. Scapa brings more than 35 years of engineering experience to his dual role of chairman and CEO of Altair, a title he has held since the company's inception in 1985.

Conference Presentations, Webinars

Decision Making Under the “New Normal”

“Altair transforms design and decision making by applying simulation, machine learning and optimization throughout product lifecycles”. We envisioned and matured our platform to provide a helping hand in taking our customers through the digital transformation journey to enable business transformation.

Conference Presentations

Basic Fairshare for Altair PBS Professional

Fairshare is a powerful tool for sharing resources and allocating a set amount of your cluster to entities like users, groups, and projects. This white paper will get you up and running with basic fairshare on Altair PBS Professional.

White Papers

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.



PATAC needed to develop an efficient CAE simulation management platform to accommodate their changing needs and accelerate digital growth.

Customer Stories

Kyoto University

Kyoto University provides high-performance computing (HPC) tools for researchers all over Japan, supporting advances in areas including natural science, economics, space science, genetics, and civil engineering. The university boosted its computing power with Cray supercomputing technology from HPE plus Altair's industry-leading PBS Professional workload manager.

Customer Stories

PBS Works Documentation

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


Altair PBS Professional Support on NVIDIA DGX Systems

Developed to meet the demands of AI and analytics, NVIDIA® DGX™ Systems are built on the revolutionary NVIDIA Volta™ GPU platform. Combined with innovative GPU-optimized software and simplified management tools, in addition to the industry-leading PBS Professional workload manager and job scheduler, these fully integrated solutions deliver groundbreaking performance and results.

Technical Document

Boosting Your GPU Performance in a Complex HPC Environment

Managing high-performance computing (HPC) servers is not an easy task, and the addition of graphics processing units (GPUs) often presents even more complexity to the configuration. As such, it’s typical for organizations to turn to optimization tools to boost the performance of computational accelerators like GPUs. Case in point is the Information Technology Center, the oldest academic supercomputing center in Japan, at the University of Tokyo. To meet its growing demand for executing biology, biomechanics, biochemistry, and deep learning applications, the site invested in in NVIDIA® Tesla® P100 GPUs to increase utilization and productivity. Watch the webinar recording to learn how Altair, in conjunction with NVIDIA, collaborated to provide the University of Tokyo with a solution that effectively monitors its GPU use and provides enhanced workload power management capabilities within Altair® PBS Professional®.


Dell EMC Ready Solution for HPC Digital Manufacturing - Altair Performance

Dell EMC Ready Solution for HPC Digital Manufacturing - Altair Performance technical white paper

Technical Document

Altair PBS Professional: Industry-Leading HPC Workload Manager and Job Scheduler

Altair PBS Professional is the trusted leader in high-performance computing workload management. It efficiently schedules HPC workloads across all forms of computing infrastructure, and it scales easily to support systems of any size — from clusters to the largest supercomputers.


SC18: Talking Altair and PBS Works with insideHPC

Rich Brueckner from insideHPC interviews Altair CTO Sam Mahalingam and Chief Scientist Andrea Casotto at SC18 in Dallas. The trio discusses high-performance computing, product design and innovation, and the Altair PBS Works™ HPC software suite.


Altair PBS Professional for HPE Systems

Altair® PBS Professional® delivers world-class HPC workload management to Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) cluster users. As an HPE-integrated product, PBS Professional is an efficient, reliable solution that optimizes job scheduling on HPE Apollo, HPE ProLiant DL, and HPE SGI 8600 systems to achieve the highest levels of system utilization. PBS Professional is also integrated with HPE Performance Cluster Manager, ensuring easy cluster deployment and management for administrators. With PBS Professional, HPE users and admins get industry-leading job scheduling and workload management, scalability to millions of cores, seamless integration with all HPE HPC systems, and unparalleled power management capabilities. Altair provides unbeatable global service and support with local experts in over 25 countries. HPE and Altair collaborate closely for tight, seamless implementation and performance tuning.


Nor-Tech - Trends in Hardware Manufacturing and HPC

Robert Dreis from Nor-Tech, a customer of Altair PBS Works, discusses trends in hardware manufacturing and HPC.


Future of HPC in Academia

Joe Lombardo of UNLV, a customer of Altair PBS Works, discusses trends in HPC in academia - including big data, data analytics, and cloud computing.


University of Nevada, Las Vegas - HPC and Academia

Joe Lombardo of the University of Nevada Las Vegas, a customer of Altair PBS Works, talks about the future HPC in Academia.


SC19: Altair with insideHPC

From simplifying how workloads are migrated to the #cloud to achieving exascale, Chief Technical Officer Sam Mahalingham's explains how Altair is taking HPC to new heights in this interview with InsideHPC from SC19.


Building a PBS Professional Virtual Test Cluster with CentOS or SLES

Because it isn’t always convenient to explore software in a production environment, Altair PBS Professional has many features that allow users to simulate huge computing node environments on relatively simple, inexpensive hardware. This document explains how to set up a virtual test cluster with CentOS or SLES.

Technical Document

Building a PBS Professional Virtual Test Cluster with Ubuntu

Because it isn’t always convenient to explore software in a production environment, Altair PBS Professional has many features that allow users to simulate huge computing node environments on relatively simple, inexpensive hardware. This document explains how to set up a virtual test cluster with Ubuntu.

Technical Document

Predicting the Planet: HPC For Weather and Climate Modeling

Dr. Hilary Oliver, the creator of Cylc, explains how the workflow engine automatically executes tasks according to detailed schedules and dependencies and why Cylc has become such a popular choice for weather and climate modeling, NWP, physics simulation, and data processing. Altair’s own software development VP David Block will host the discussion, addressing the unique demands of weather and climate science with Dr. Oliver and how Altair and Cylc collaborate on a turnkey weather solution featuring Cylc and PBS Professional.


Access HPC Everywhere: Hiding HPC Complexity Empowers Engineers

Engineers are experts at … engineering. Is it truly productive to also require deep expertise in IT and Linux, just to leverage HPC?

Conference Presentations

Using Placement Sets for Altair PBS Professional

The PBS Professional scheduler provides many different methods for optimizing scheduling. Placement sets, also referred to as topology-aware scheduling, can be used to group nodes together based on a shared characteristic to help optimize job performance as well as the overall use of your PBS Professional complex. Common usages include taking advantage of interconnect or hardware topology including IRUs or racks, system resources, access to shared storage, system location, and application availability.

White Papers

IIT Delhi Powers India's Research Community

The Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi), established in 1961, is one of the seven oldest Indian Institutes of Technology. Its mission is to contribute to India and to the world through excellence in scientific and technical education and research, and its 320-acre campus hosts its own high-performance computing (HPC) resources including the “PADUM” hybrid supercomputer. In 2020 IIT Delhi allocated dedicated computational resources to COVID-19 research projects including drug repurposing, molecular modeling, and pathogen movement. To support their HPC system, the team at IIT Delhi needed a commercial workload manager. They also needed support and customization to implement scheduling requirements, queue policies, and system fine-tuning, as well as a simple but fully functional user interface. The Altair® PBS Professional® workload manager satisfied all their requirements.

Technical Document

Fairshare Management for Altair PBS Professional

Fairshare is a PBS Professional scheduling tool designed to share a cluster’s limited resources according to cluster usage history and allocated percentage. It's the most direct option to grant a percentage of shared resources on the cluster to users, projects, or groups. This white paper covers the creation and management of the fairshare tree structure for your PBS complex. It also covers basic settings and describes concepts of shares within the fairshare tree. Understanding, calculating, and managing entity usage data will not be covered herein. It assumes your familiarity with basic fairshare setup along with the limitations and caveats fairshare has with other PBS Professional scheduling tools. Enabling basic fairshare does not consider fairshare tree capabilities and structure or describe how to create and manage the tree. Granting a percentage of the cluster to individual users may not be viable; the use of your cluster may instead be defined with respect to queues, projects, or accounting. Further, some users may span across multiple groups. Your site’s policy may require the restriction of cluster use to only known entities. PBS Professional’s weighted rooted tree structure provides the opportunity to group entities together and finely manage the balance of resources on your cluster. Adapting resource usage allows you to dictate tracked resources and apply a formula to balance those resources according to your site’s needs.

White Papers

Cloud Bursting with Altair PBS Professional

Get easy access to on-demand cloud bursting when you need more resources. Burst to any of the major public clouds with Altair PBS Professional.

Product Overview Videos

Altair PBS Professional for Fujitsu HPC Systems

Fujistu is an Altair global authorized reseller, offering PBS Professional on all Fujitsu PRIMEHPC systems. The PRIMEHPC series is equipped with the same A64FX CPU used in the supercomputer Fugaku, developed by Fujitsu and Japan’s leading research institute, RIKEN. The integrated solution improves productivity for Fujitsu users seeking practical and efficient HPC solutions.

Technical Document

Understanding Fairshare Usage for Altair PBS Professional

Fairshare is an Altair® PBS Professional® scheduling tool designed to share a cluster’s limited resources according to history of cluster usage and the entities’ allocated percentage. Fairshare is the most direct option to grant a percentage of shared resources on the cluster to users, projects, or groups. This white paper covers how PBS Professional collects and manages fairshare usage. With this document, you should be able to walk through each logical step of fairshare, understanding each number from pbsfs output. It also covers how you may manually alter each entity’s usage data.

White Papers

Associating Nodes With One or More Queues

PBS Professional provides the user with an interface to submit jobs to a queue, which will be considered by the scheduler and dispatched to computational resources in a cluster, supercomputer, or cloud. This default configuration has no restrictions on the user, and it allows for maximum utilization of computational resources, which PBS calls vnodes. As an administrator, you may be asked to allocate or restrict computational resources to a specific user, group, or project. Another common ask is from a user who needs dedicated computational resources for a special project. PBS Professional provides many ways to allocate and restrict resources. In this document we will describe two common methods of satisfying the requirement by using queues and custom resources.

White Papers

Altair PBS Professional for NEC SX-Aurora TSUBASA Systems

NEC is an Altair global authorized reseller, offering Altair® PBS Professional® on NEC SX-Aurora TSUBASA systems. The SX-Aurora TSUBASA architecture is built on NEC’s Vector Engine (VE), integrated transparently into the Linux software environment for top application performance. Each VE integrates 8 or 10 vector cores and 48GB of high-bandwidth memory for peak performance up to 3.07 teraflops, giving scientists and engineers real value with performance, usability, and efficiency.

Technical Document

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

HPC Summit - Altair Keynote

Altair Founder, Chairman, and CEO James Scapa addresses how HPC has evolved over the past 30+ years, and how Altair has been putting the pieces in place to drive the future of multi-dimensional HPC. The presentation outlines Altair’s vision for the convergence of HPC, artificial intelligence, and simulation. The keynote was presented at the 2021 Altair HPC Summit, and is over 17 minutes long. View all HPC Summit 2021 Presentations

HPC Summit 2021