Altair’s New Personal PBS(TM) Turns Personal Computers into Powerful Compute Clusters for Free

February 2, 2009

TROY, Mich., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ — Altair today unveiled Personal PBS, a
free turnkey application that leverages multi-core CPU technology to easily
transform any desktop computer into a miniature compute farm or cluster
system. For a nominal fee, Personal PBS also provides an easy upgrade path
that enables customers to submit jobs from their personal desktop to backend
server systems running PBS Professional(R). Altair expects this new product
to appeal to the open-source community, academia, small and medium-size
businesses, and corporate clients who want to maximize local desktop
performance. Personal PBS is available for download at no charge at

Personal PBS leverages the additional compute capacity available in
desktop computers with multi-core technology, greatly enhancing local computer
efficiency and user experience and leading to higher productivity. With its
intuitive drag-and-drop interface, Personal PBS is simple to use even for
novice users.

“Personal PBS is exciting because it provides a free, simple tool that
allows our customers to increase productivity by leveraging available
computing hardware,” said Dr. Bill Nitzberg, chief technology officer,
GridWorks. “And for PBS Professional customers with a high-performance backend
cluster computer, users can seamlessly take advantage of both the backend
cluster and their own desktops to do more faster.”

Personal PBS utilizes the same technology as the company’s field-proven,
commercial workload management solution — PBS Professional(R) — to make
real-time, on-the-fly adjustments based on processor and memory availability.
As an intelligent application, Personal PBS allows users to continue to work
on their desktops with no adverse effects while submitted jobs run in the
background. In addition, customers can set job priorities and queue jobs to
run at night or over the weekend.

Personal PBS is the newest addition to Altair’s GridWorks software suite,
an industry-leading, on-demand computing software environment for grid and
cluster computing, delivering improved performance, greater administrator
control and reduced power costs.


Altair’s GridWorks suite consists of on-demand grid computing technologies
that allows enterprises to maximize ROI on computing infrastructure assets.
GridWorks is the most widely implemented software environment for grid-,
cluster- and on-demand computing worldwide. The suite’s flagship product, PBS
Professional, provides a flexible, on-demand computing environment that allows
enterprises to easily share diverse (heterogeneous) computing resources across
geographic boundaries. To learn more, please visit www.pbsgridworks.com .


Altair empowers client innovation and decision-making through technology
that optimizes the analysis, management and visualization of business and
engineering information. Privately held with more than 1,300 employees, Altair
has offices throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific.
With a 20-year-plus track record for enterprise analytics, product
development, and advanced computing, Altair consistently delivers a
competitive advantage to customers in a broad range of industries. To learn
more, please visit www.altair.com .


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