TGen, ASU, IGC Collaborative

TGen, ASU, IGC Collaborative Selects Altair's Workload Management Software
PBS Pro to play significant role in optimizing supercomputing infrastructure

August 11, 2003

Altair Engineering Inc., a global leader in product design consulting, engineering software and high performance computing technology, announced today the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), Arizona State University (ASU) and the International Genomics Consortium (IGC) have selected its workload management software, PBS Pro®, to manage its newly deployed supercomputing infrastructure. PBS Pro will enable all three institutes to optimize the utilization of its high-performance computing environment by aggregating computation resources into a virtual pool and intelligently scheduling computational workloads across this virtual pool, allowing researchers to accomplish projects in record time.

PBS Pro will be instrumental in managing and optimizing the new supercomputing infrastructure, consisting of a 1024 Beowulf IBM Linux cluster, the largest cluster of its type focusing on genomic research into diseases such as cancer, diabetes, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. The implementation of Altair's workload management software will advance research on a number of complex diseases as well as advance the utilization of this one-of-a-kind cluster by fully optimizing its hardware and software resources, allowing the group to further its efforts at developing improved therapeutics in a shorter period of time.

"We appreciate the support that Altair has given to our scientific computing efforts. This will allow us to better manage our computational resources," said Dr. William E. Lewis, ASU Chief Information Officer and Vice Provost.

Ed Suh, Sc.D., TGens chief information officer, agrees.

"The amount of computing power necessary to conduct our research is enormous, so we needed a solution that allowed us to fully utilize our processing power," said Suh. "The strength of the solution and Altair's recognized leadership in the life sciences industry made the selection of PBS Pro an easy choice."

PBS Pro is the commercial version of the Portable Batch System (PBS), originally developed to manage aerospace computing resources at the NASA Ames Research Center. PBS Pro is the flagship product of Altair's Enterprise Computing business line, which provides software and consulting services to help companies with high-performance computing requirements achieve maximum return on their technology investments.

"At IGC, our model is collaboration and we're pleased to be a conduit for a commercial relationship with an established company like Altair," said Michael Berens, IGC chief executive officer.

"TGen, ASU and IGC operate in the highly competitive life sciences industry where time, technology and cost must be fully optimized," said Michael Humphrey, vice president of Altair Engineering's Enterprise Computing Business Unit. "Their selection of PBS Pro as its workload management software validates Altair's strategy of providing industry leading price performance solutions which meets the needs of customers in the life sciences market."

About ASU
Arizona State University is one of the premier metropolitan public research universities in the nation. Enrolling more than 57,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students on three campuses in metropolitan Phoenix, ASU maintains a tradition of academic excellence in core disciplines, and has become an important global center for innovative interdisciplinary teaching and research. ASU offers outstanding resources for study and research, including libraries and museums with important collections, studios and performing arts spaces for creative endeavor, and unsurpassed state-of-the-art scientific and technological laboratories and research facilities.

About TGen
The mission of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) is to make and translate genomic discoveries into advances in human health. "Translational research" is a relatively new field employing innovative advances arising from the Human Genome Project to apply to the development of diagnostics, prognostics and therapies for cancer, neurologic disorders, diabetes and other complex diseases. For more information about TGen, visit its Web site,

About IGC
The International Genomics Consortium (IGC) is a non-profit genomics research institute that seeks to revolutionize the treatment and prevention of cancer and complex diseases by rigorously developing and applying post-genome science to advances in human health. IGC is dedicated to the creation and public-release of clinically annotated molecular databases characterizing human disease. These databases are useful for discovery and validation of new diagnostic markers and therapeutic targets. Consortia members include medical centers, pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology and informatics entities, as well as foundations and government sponsors working in a private-public partnership. (See

About Altair Engineering
Through product design consulting, advanced engineering software and high performance computing technologies, Altair Engineering increases innovation for clients around the globe. Founded in 1985 and privately held with offices throughout 11 countries, Altair's unparalleled knowledge and expertise in product development and manufacturing extend throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As the developer of Altair HyperWorks - The Engineering Framework for Product Design - Altair is the leading provider of high-end, open CAE software solutions for modeling, visualization, optimization and process automation. The company's grid computing solution, PBS Pro®, delivers an ROI based workload management solution for HPC environments, LINUX clusters and desktop clusters. For more information visit Altair at

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