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PBS Professional Is the First Workload Management Solution to Achieve Common Criteria EAL3+ Certification

Independent Evaluation Proves PBS Meets Strict IT Security Standard, Vital to Government Agencies Worldwide

Troy, Mich., April 12, 2010 – Altair Engineering (, the global leader in software solutions that make high performance computing (HPC) faster, simpler and smarter, announced today that PBS Professional version 10.1 has achieved Common Criteria EAL3+ certification. Common Criteria is the international standard for certifying software technology conforms to stringent security requirements. This certification is internationally recognized under the Common Criteria Recognition Agreement (CCRA).

PBS Professional is the only technology in its class to achieve Common Criteria EAL3+ certification. Independent testing and evaluation was performed by atsec information security under the CC scheme of the German Federal Office for Information Security (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik, BSI).

“The Department of Defense (DoD) High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) has made a 10-year commitment to PBS Professional, serving as the single workload management capability on all of our HPC systems. The EAL3+ security certification recently obtained by Altair Engineering for PBS Professional significantly improves our security posture,” says a Senior DoD Official.

“PBS Professional is the first and only HPC job scheduling and management software to meet the stringent requirements of the Common Criteria at EAL3+,” said Bill Nitzberg, CTO, PBS Works. “Independent, non-biased testing confirms that our software design, development, delivery and support processes provide customers like the DoD with the highest levels of security.”

“We’re proud to have worked with Altair and BSI on the Common Criteria evaluation of PBS Professional,” said Ken Hake, Common Criteria Laboratory Manager, atsec US. “The successful certification shows the versatility of the Common Criteria and its applicability to a wide range of software products.”

“Attaining the Common Criteria certification assures that our government customers can attain the highest levels of security and reliability by combining PBS Professional with high performance SGI systems like Altix® 4700 and Altix® ICE,” said Jim Brinker, VP of Federal Sales, at SGI. “Altair’s HPC workload management solution’s EAL3+ certification ensures that our government customers can meet their security requirements as they deploy our highly scalable HPC solutions."

PBS Works 10.1 is available now from Altair and Altair channel partners.

About atsec information security
atsec information security is an independent, standards-based IT (information technology) security consulting and evaluation services company that combines a business-oriented approach to information security with in-depth technical knowledge and global experience. atsec was founded in Munich (Germany) in January 2000 and has extensive international operations with offices in the U.S., Sweden, the U.K. and China. atsec leverages its deep security, process, and standards expertise to consult on a wide range of IT security needs, enabling clients to establish integrated security management procedures to manage security risk and improve data, product, and business process reliability. atsec works with such leading global companies as IBM, HP, Oracle, Cray, BMW, SGI, Vodafone, RWE and Wincor-Nixdorf. Visit to learn more about atsec information security consulting and evaluation services.

About PBS Works
PBS WorksTM is a suite of on-demand grid computing technologies that allows enterprises to maximize ROI on computing infrastructure assets. PBS Works is the most widely implemented software environment for grid, cloud, 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 distributed computing resources to create and sustain competitive advantages – whether shortened time to market or improved product quality. Leveraging a revolutionary “pay-for-use” unit-based business model, PBS Works delivers increased value and flexibility over conventional software-licensing models. Visit to learn more about how PBS Works makes high-performance computing faster, smarter and more productive.

About Altair
Altair Engineering, Inc. empowers client innovation and decision-making through technology that optimizes the value of business and engineering information. Privately held, with more than 1,300 employees, Altair has offices throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. With a 25-year-plus track record for product design and development, engineering software, advanced computing technologies and enterprise analytics, Altair consistently delivers a competitive advantage to customers in a broad range of industries. To learn more, please visit

Jennifer Wilt
Airfoil Public Relations for Altair
Tel.: +1.248.304.1418
Andreas Fabis
atsec information security corporation
Tel.: +512.615.7317

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