Altair, Microsoft To Offer Supercomputing On Azure Cloud Platform

TROY — The Troy-based engineering technology developer Altair announced a business collaboration with Microsoft Corp. to build and offer high-performance computing on the Azure cloud computing platform. This follows Microsoft’s decision to name Altair’s PBS Works suite as its preferred workload management software for Azure manufacturing clients.

As part of the collaboration, Altair will work closely with Microsoft to develop turnkey systems allowing users to access cloud high-performance computing resources in Azure from any web-enabled device. The systems will use Altair’s PBS Works platform in Azure to enable web portal access and secure workload management for rapid, scalable access to Azure HPC resources.

Initial efforts will target manufacturing’s increasing HPC demand to run compute-intensive simulations such as computational fluid dynamics, crash and safety analysis, optimization and electromagnetics.

Said Altair business development vice president Rob Walsh: “We are very happy to be working with Microsoft on this important initiative to bring practical cloud solutions to the users who need them. With PBS Works powered by Azure, engineers have instant access to the capacity they need to accelerate the innovation process, free of data movement constraints.”

Altair has served the HPC market for decades with workload management, engineering, and cloud computing software. Used by thousands of companies worldwide, PBS Works enables engineers in HPC environments to improve productivity, optimize resource utilization and efficiency, and simplify the process of workload management.

Users of manufacturing simulation software benefit from Microsoft Azure’s Remote Direct Memory Access for Linux and Windows environments, which enables data access and transfer without consuming CPU in the remote host machine.

Altair plans to announce the availability of the PBS-Azure cloud offering during the European Altair Technology Conference in October 2015.

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