Plex Systems Gets Largest Customer Win In Its History: Auburn Hlls-based Plex Systems Inc., developers of the Plex Online enterprise resource planning software-as-a-service, announced that Invensys Controls has launched Plex Online. Invensys Controls is one of three businesses of London, England-based Invensys plc. Invensys Controls, with headquarters in Carol Stream, Ill., is a global provider of components, systems, and services used in appliance, heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, and residential thermostat products. It has locations in 15 countries which include 22 manufacturing sites, two distribution centers, and seven engineering centers. Invensys Controls previously used 11 different ERP systems in 30 separate instances across manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific region, and South America. Replacing all 11 systems with Plex Online will help Controls save time and reduce costs, use finance resources more effectively, and serve customers with greater efficiency. More at www.plex.com.
NEC Corporation Selects PBS Works: Troy-based Altair Engineering Inc. announced Tuesday that its PBS Professional software was selected by NEC Corp. as the workload management tool for Tsubame 2.0, one of the world’s fastest supercomputer systems. Tsubame 2.0 is extremely GPU-rich and is the world’s most power-efficient and most versatile machine, incorporating many of the latest green and cloud technologies. NEC and Hewlett-Packard co-designed the system with the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Tsubame 2.0 operations will begin this fall, with one of the most powerful compute and data processing capabilities in the world, being made available to more than 2,000 users, consisting of faculty members, students and international collaborators of Tokyo Tech, as well as advanced researchers nationwide including the industry. NEC and Tokyo Tech decided on PBS Professional to administer up to 100,000 jobs at a time for the supercomputer system, which contains nearly 20,000 processing cores and 4,200 Nvidia Fermi graphic processing units to generate 2.4 petaflops (a thousand trillion floating point operations per second) of computing power. PBS Professional, the foundation of Altair’s PBS Works software suite, enables the highest resource utilization from Tsubame 2.0, including the ability to easily create highly robust scheduling policies to manage the distributed, mixed-vendor computing assets of Tsubame 2.0 as a single, unified system. The Tsubame 2.0 mixed computing environment includes dual operating systems — Linux and Microsoft Windows HPC — as well as a wide range of research tools, such as life science, molecule science, biochemical and engineering applications. More at www.pbsworks.com.
DTE Energy Selects Skire Unifier For Project Management: Menlo Park, Calif.-based Skire Inc. announced that Detroit’s DTE Energy has selected Skire’s Unifier solution to manage the complete lifecycle of the company’s capital projects, from inception through execution. DTE has capital projects encompassing a portfolio of nuclear, coal, natural gas, and renewable energy projects. DTE Energy was interested in a comprehensive capital project management solution that would standardize processes and reduce operating costs, while supporting the company’s strategic initiative for continuous improvement. One of DTE Energy’s strategic imperatives is to continually move up the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Maturity Model. The implementation of Skire Unifier is expected to be a key step to accomplish that goal. More at www.skire.com.
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