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Altair Partners with James River Technical to Enhance Academic Grant Program

JRT to provide PBS Professional services to Academic community

TROY, MI (June 3, 2008) – Altair announced today it will partner with James River Technical (JRT) to enhance its Academic Grant Program with professional sales and support for North American academic customers beginning in July 2008. When Altair launched the Academic Grant Program in 2002, it provided educational institutions with leading grid and cluster computing tool PBS Professional to Universities in North America and around the world. In order to provide a superior customer experience, JRT will now act as Altair’s preferred partner for the North American academic sector.

"James River Technical is pleased to be partnering with Altair in the Higher Education and Research space, " said Tom Mountcastle, president of JRT. "Our specialization in this market, where we are offering leading edge HPC solutions to speed time to discovery, is further complimented by Altair's robust suite of products. We have a very productive history with Altair, and in this new partnership we are looking forward to managing the transition of their current Academic Grant programs and extending the reach of their new offerings. Many of the universities and research facilities in North America are mutual clients, who are accustomed to our commitment to client service and we fully expect that level of support to continue."

“We launched the Academic Grant Program to encourage innovation in grid technologies, and we believe academic institutions will now realize the full power of PBS Professional with the combination of industry-leading technology and exceptional support,” said Michael Humphrey, vice president of enterprise computing, Altair. “JRT has an excellent reputation for providing and supporting high performance computing (HPC) solutions to the North American academic community and we are pleased to have them as our preferred partner.”

The US list price for PBS Professional is $13.50 per CPU-core/year (annual lease license) or $40.50 per CPU-core (perpetual license). Altair and JRT have also designed transition programs to assist qualified academic institutions in the shift to the new licensing models.

About James River Technical

James River Technical (JRT) delivers High Performance Computing (HPC) solutions to the Academic, Government, and Commercial marketplaces. JRT has delivered over $200 million in HPC solutions to a diverse customer base over the last 10 years, making JRT one of the most successful VARs in the HPC arena. JRT is focused on delivering HPC solutions that provide the most cost effective path to research discovery and insight. JRT’s coverage model serves clients throughout North America. JRT works with its clients from early stage needs assessment and specification; grant and budget preparation; delivery, integration, and tuning; through ongoing support, consulting, and training.

About Altair

Altair empowers client innovation and decision-making through technology that optimizes the analysis, management and visualization of information. Privately held with more than 1,400 employees, Altair has offices throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. With a 20-year-plus track record of profitable growth and innovation, Altair consistently delivers a competitive advantage to customers in a broad range of industries. To learn more, please visit

About PBS GridWorks

Altair PBS GridWorks provides a suite of on-demand, policy-based grid computing technologies that allows enterprise clients to maximize their ROI on computing infrastructure assets. As an industry leader in both commercial and open-source workload management solutions, PBS 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. PBS GridWorks solutions are deployed within a number of industries, including manufacturing, government, academia, life sciences, energy, digital media and finance. To learn more, please visit
Media Contact:
Brad Rutledge
Rutledge Consulting Group
(801) 824-6218
Corporate Contact
Antoine Poussier
Altair Engineering, Inc.
(248) 614-2400 Ext. 293

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