Bull Selects Altair Engineering's PBS Professional On-Demand Computing Software Environment for Its High-Performance Computing Systems

    PBS Professional Provides a Solution That Overcomes the Challenges of
    Multi-Core Technology

    TROY, Mich., June 20 /CNW/ -- Altair Engineering, a leading global
provider of technology and services that empower client innovation and
decision-making, today announced that it has integrated PBS Professional with
Bull's NovaScale high-performance computing (HPC) systems to provide customers
with a pure on-demand computing software environment. This collaboration
provides a robust and flexible solution that overcomes the challenges
associated with licensing software over multi-core technology and allows
customers to only pay for the software licenses they use.
    "By integrating Altair's PBS Professional, Bull is delivering to
customers what they have been asking for - a computing environment that allows
them to receive the greatest return on their computing investment," said
Benoit Hallez, HPC business unit director at Bull. "This partnership is a good
technical answer to our customer needs. PBS Professional strongly fits with
our Bull Advanced Server (BAS) managing tools in terms of integration with
Bull MPI, CPUSet and resources manager. In addition, the innovative software
licensing model allows Bull to deliver more capability and value to our
    PBS Professional is an on-demand computing software environment that
provides features such as workload management and job scheduling, which are
essential in powering grids, clusters and on-demand computing environments.
The software maximizes the utilization of computing resources by intelligently
scheduling and managing computational workloads. By increasing the efficiency
of the hardware and software resources, PBS Professional reduces total cost of
ownership and provides true business value to cluster and grid computing
customers in a variety of industries.
    "PBS is the most widely implemented software for grid-, cluster- and on-
demand computing worldwide," said Michael Humphrey, vice president of Altair's
PBS GridWorks. "Our continued focus with PBS Professional is in providing a
highly scalable, available and resilient solution in HPC, which makes Bull a
natural partner for us. We are excited Bull shares our vision that PBS
Professional will be the key enabling technology for the future of on-demand
computing and grid technologies."
    Bull NovaScale systems integrated with PBS Professional are available
immediately. For more information, visit www.bull.com.

    About Bull, Architect of an Open World
    As one of the leading European IT companies, Bull delivers open, flexible
and secure information systems. The group helps public and private sector
customers transform their information systems, applying its know-how and
expertise in three main areas:
    -- Capitalizing on its extensive mainframe experience, Bull designs and
       produces robust, innovative and open servers, based on industry-
       standard technologies.
    -- Building on its alliances with leading ISVs, Bull develops and
       implements flexible and interoperable application infrastructures that
       give business processes the freedom to evolve.
    -- Bringing together recognized expertise in end-to-end IT security, Bull
       secures data and exchanges that are so critical in preserving
       customers' business integrity.

    Bull has a particularly strong presence in the public, healthcare,
finance, telecommunications, manufacturing and defence sectors. Its
distribution network and business partners cover more than 60 countries
worldwide. To learn more, please visit www.bull.com

    About PBS GridWorks
    PBS GridWorks provides a suite of technologies that allows enterprise
clients to maximize their ROI on computing assets through policy-based grid
technology. The suite includes OpenPBS, PBS Professional, e-Compute and Scali
Manage. PBS GridWorks products and services are widely deployed within a
number of industries, including manufacturing, government, academia, life
sciences, energy, digital media and finance. Altair's mature partner network
ensures seamless integration and ease of deployment.

    About Altair Engineering
    Altair Engineering, Inc. powers on-demand computing and innovation for
customers worldwide. Privately held with more than 1,200 employees, Altair has
offices throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. With
a 20-year-plus track record for product design, advanced engineering software
and grid computing technologies, Altair consistently delivers a competitive
advantage to more than 3,000 customers in a broad range of industries. To
learn more, please visit www.altair.com.

For further information:

For further information: Diane Forbes of Altair Engineering, Inc., 
+1-248-614-2400, ext. 464, media@altair.com Web Site: http://www.altair.com,

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