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Cray and Altair agree 3 year deal

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Altair and Cray have taken a further step towards integrating their respective software and hardware technologies as they have reached an OEM agreement that will see Cray use PBS Professional as its preferred workload manager and job scheduling software package.

The three-year agreement announced this week represents an expansion of Altair’s long-standing partnership with Cray, a provider of high-performance computing systems.

The integration of different software packages and the integration of software with prominent hardware manufacturers like Cray helps to reduce the complexity of implementing workflows on Altair software and Cray hardware.

This gives scientists and engineers more time to develop increasingly complex models and simulations without having to worry about managing new software and implementing that on their HPC resources.

'This agreement streamlines both the business and technology integrations between our companies,’ said James Scapa, Altair founder and chief executive officer. ‘We are proud that Cray has the confidence in our PBS Works product line to invest in this manner, essentially naming Altair as the company’s premier workload management software supplier.’

Under the terms of the agreement, Cray can more easily integrate PBS Professional as the preferred scheduler on Cray systems, with the ability to bundle PBS Professional units with new systems shipped anywhere in the world.  

Barry Bolding, Cray’s vice president of marketing and business development said: ‘Our customers will benefit from this relationship as we will be able to more easily and cost-effectively deliver unique, integrated technologies, such as DataWarp I/O acceleration and application power management,’

Bolding continued: ‘Altair and PBS Professional are established leaders in HPC workload management, and we look forward to leveraging this agreement for growth in commercial and other emerging market segments.’

Altair has served the HPC market for decades with workload management, engineering, and cloud computing software. PBS Professional enables engineers in HPC environments to improve productivity, optimise resource utilisation and efficiency, and simplify the process of cluster workload management.

Increasing usability and thus giving scientists and engineers more time to focus simulation and analysis of the data is a primary concern of software providers that develop modelling and engineering software. The steps taken to reduce complexity and increase the productivity for simulation applications within the aerospace industry was addressed in the latest issue of Scientific Computing World.