High Excitement at High Performance Computing Event in Frankfurt, Germany


The ISC High Performance conference was a dynamic event fostering thought-provoking sessions on a range of topics including big data, Internet of Things (IoT), and exascale computing. For Altair it was a particularly exciting time for several reasons. On June 20th, which coincided with the beginning of the conference, Altair announced the availability of open source licensing for its market leading high-performance computing (HPC) workload manger, PBS Professional® (PBS Pro). PBS Professional is now available as an Open Source Initiative compliant version and continues to be offered through commercial licenses. Additionally, several upcoming new products were showcased throughout the week at the Altair booth as well as the fact that Altair was named a founding member of the Linux Foundation’s OpenHPC project, which is dedicated to advancing software for exascale computing. The open source licensing option of PBS Pro will be available as a part of the project’s software stack.

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Optimized Design of Composite Materials: A Piece of Cake

This guest contribution on Innovation Intelligence is written by Andy MacKrell, Product Development at MultiMechanics. MultiMech, a composites modeling and analysis tool, is available through the Altair Partner Alliance.

The number of objects an average human can hold in working memory is 7 ± 2.

This tenant was the topic of a famous psychological paper written by Princeton Psychologist George Miller and is often referred to as Miller’s Law. This theory is germane to the realm of design-engineering, because as more complex engineering systems are developed, the ability to design and optimize purely using engineering judgment becomes increasingly difficult. Our brains just aren’t able to systematically juggle all available design parameters and evaluate results in an efficient way…we don’t have enough RAM.

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Optimizing Automotive Designs with Intel and Altair

It has become a necessity for automobile manufacturers and suppliers to use high-performance computing (HPC) systems and software tools to design, optimize and test advanced engine designs, test fuel efficiency and improve passenger safety. HPC solutions provide automotive manufacturing clients … Read More

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Murals, Bichos and Technology

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when thinking about Mexico? If your answer is the stereotypical sunny beaches and salsa, think again. Last week I had the opportunity to attend and present at the Altair Technology Conference … Read More

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Confessions of a Dataset

“If you torture the data long enough, it will confess” said the British economist Ronald Coase. I will soften this quote as “If you massage the data long enough, it will tell you it’s story. ” I find this to … Read More


An Open Letter to the HPC Community

We’re releasing PBS Professional under an open source license… why? More than 20 years ago, I was just starting my career in HPC at NASA, where, along with a great team, we developed the original PBS software. Today, PBS Professional … Read More