TROY — Troy-based Altair Engineering Inc., developer of the computer-aided engineering software suite HyperWorks, announced it has partnered with Como, Italy-based Ontonix S.R.L. to offer OntoNet complexity management software in the HyperWorks Partner Alliance. The partnership will enable Altair HyperWorks customers to further optimize the product design process and analysis.

Altair HyperWorks customers can access OntoNet through the HWPA, a suite of third-party applications that can be accessed with the same units used to invoke HyperWorks software. The flexibility of these HyperWorks Units empowers users to deploy the largest and most complete suite of computer-aided engineering applications available at no incremental cost or long-term commitment.

“If CAE is to cope with the inevitable increase of product complexity, then complexity must enter the CAE loop,” said Jacek Marczyk, founder and CTO of Ontonix. “High complexity is a prelude to inefficiency and vulnerability; therefore it becomes necessary to use a measure of product complexity as a design attribute.”

Marczyk has nearly three decades of experience in CAE, has actively pioneered innovative methodologies for uncertainty and complexity management, and has published seven books on stochastic, nonlinear mechanics and complexity management.

“Technology developed by Ontonix allows engineers to conceive new solutions and designs while effectively quantifying and managing the risks associated with overly complex systems,” Marczyk said.

OntoNet is a desktop tool that allows engineers to measure the complexity and robustness of components or systems. It processes the results of Monte Carlo Simulations, DOE, optimization or sensitivity analyses to compute the values of system complexity and robustness, enabling engineers to exploit their expansive amounts of existing data to the fullest extent and achieve simpler, more robust designs. It works in conjunction with Mapview and produces a report, containing the complexity profile of a system and the corresponding system map.

“Altair strives to simplify access to a broad suite of CAE technology with its HyperWorks licensing system; and it was Ontonix’ holistic approach to attacking a fundamental concern of product designers that attracted us to this partnership,” said Antoine Poussier, vice president of global partner programs at Altair.  “Our companies share a common goal to help optimize our customer’s designs and overall business processes in order to achieve better, faster, and more cost-effective solutions.”

The HWPA strives to provide the most comprehensive offering of software applications across multiple relevant domains related to CAE. The addition of OntoNet™ further enhances the flexibility of the HyperWorks Units and the overall value of the Altair HyperWorks offering.

Ontonix, a privately held company established in 2005, develops award-winning software and offers exclusive high added value services in the field of quantitative complexity management. OntoSpace, the company’s flagship product, is the world’s first complexity quantification and management system. Ontonix has offices in Europe, South America, South Africa and Asia. In 2007 the company was featured as Gartner’s Cool Vendor.

In 2009 Ontonix spun off Ann Arbor-based OntoMed — a company dedicated to researching and commercializing its quantitative complexity management technology in the medical field. More at

More about Ontonix S.R.L. at

Privately held Altair has more than 1,500 employees and operations in engineering and supercomputing software, as well as LED lighting technology. More at or

Altair’s HyperWorks platform for enterprise analytics employs a subscription-based licensing model where customers use floating licenses to access a broad suite of Altair-developed and third-party software applications on-demand. The HyperWorks Partner Alliance effectively extends the HyperWorks Platform from 28 internally developed applications to more than 50 applications with the addition of new partner applications. Customers can invoke these third-party applications at no incremental cost using their existing HyperWorks licenses. More at

Altair is also holding its 2012 HyperWorks Technology Conference in Detroit May 15-17. Visit for more details.


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