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Altair Engineering Opens High-Powered Data Center to Support Cloud-Based HyperWorks

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TROY — Altair Engineering Inc. announced the opening of what it called an “exceptionally high-powered” data center in Troy this month to house and manage its growing HyperWorks On-Demand cloud-based computer-aided engineering system for customers who rely on high-performance computing.

HyperWorks On-Demand is a high-performance computing system for design innovation in the cloud. It leverages Altair’s patented licensing system, providing access to Altair’s HyperWorks CAE software and a modern, scalable HPC infrastructure through a secure and efficient Web-based platform.

The data center enables Altair to scale HWOD up to more than 10,000 cores for computer simulation projects. In fact, it can support as many as 150 large-scale engineering solver jobs running simultaneously, employing Altair’s solvers RADIOSS, OptiStruct and AcuSolve along with other tools in the HyperWorks family of simulation software.

“Companies often turn to HyperWorks On-Demand because they have outgrown their internal capacity or do not have the resources internally to manage high-performance computing equipment,” said Altair Chief Information Officer Martin Nichols. “HyperWorks On-Demand provides all our HyperWorks products as a cloud service, and this data center allows us to scale up to provide much larger on-demand clusters for our customers.”

HPC requires extensive infrastructure in addition to just the computers. Things such as backup generators, uninterruptible power supplies, water-cooling capabilities, systems administration, operators, and high security are all necessary elements that are often out of reach for many small and midsized engineering departments. Companies gain access to a robust, resilient and secure HPC environment when they use the HWOD services that will be hosted in the new data center. Thanks to its domain expertise and sophisticated cloud stack, Altair can also provide turnkey and configurable private cloud solutions, offering all the efficiency and flexibility of HWOD completely within the customer’s firewall.

The data center is a scalable, modular facility that can be easily extended internally and has the capability to be interconnected with similar adjacent modular facilities in the future.

“Our HyperWorks On-Demand data center essentially fits the power of an entire building of high-performance computers into a single room, making it feasible now for medium to large-sized organizations to access substantial computing resources via Altair’s private cloud,” Nichols noted. “The compute-power density of this center is phenomenal, far higher than that of a standard commercial data center. Altair’s is much more similar to a scientific super-computing installation.”

The data center is situated about 3.5 miles from Altair’s headquarters and incorporates extensive physical and cyber security measures. It is monitored inside and outside by video surveillance, night-vision cameras and sensors. Firewall devices protect data both entering and exiting the facility’s computing equipment.

Construction of the data center was completed last week, and Altair is in the process of expanding its current HWOD capabilities to be relocated to the new facility within the next month. Altair officials said the expanded HWOD will be fully up and running in the new data center by early 2012.

HyperWorks provides a tightly integrated suite of 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.

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