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Altair Engineering and SGI Announce Global Relationship

SGI to bundle AltairÕs PBS Pro Grid Technology with SGI Origin Systems and SGI Altix Superclusters

TROY, Mich., May 14, 2003 - Altair Engineering Inc., a global leader in engineering, consulting and high performance computing technology, announced today a global relationship with SGI. The agreement allows SGI to market and sell AltairÕs PBS Pro distributed computing technology with its SGI® Origin® 3000 systems and SGI® Altix™ 3000 superclusters. The bundled technology-hardware solution provides clients with an ROI based high-performance computing environment.

"SGI and Altair are expanding our relationship by working together to provide versatile workload management capabilities that leverage the power of SGI platforms," said Anneke Dempsey, director of Global Alliances, SGI. "Offering PBS Pro with SGI systems is a great example of how we work together to serve our mutual customersÕ workflow management needs."

PBS Pro technology has been optimized for the IRIX® operating system to take advantage of both the scalability of the SGI Origin architecture and control of resources through CPUsets. Additionally, Altair is updating its current PBS Pro port to SGI Altix superclusters and plans to release an optimized port this summer.

PBS Pro enables customers in the life sciences, energy, research, logistics, manufacturing and financial industries optimize the utilization of their high performance computing environments by aggregating computation resources into a virtual pool and intelligently scheduling computational workload across this virtual pool.

"SGI has a strong presence in high performance computing (HPC) installations around the world and many of these customers are utilizing PBS Pro to manage their computational workloads," said Michael Humphrey, vice president of Altair EngineeringÕs Enterprise Computing Business Unit. "The flexibility and scalability of PBS Pro technology on SGI systems provide enterprise HPC customers a very compelling value proposition and we will continue to optimize PBS Pro for current and future SGI systems."

About PBS Pro

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 leader in high performance workload management and the de-facto standard for batch queuing on Linux® clusters.

About Altair Engineering

Through engineering, consulting and high performance computing technologies, Altair Engineering increases innovation for more than 1,500 clients around the globe. Founded in 1985, Altair's unparalleled knowledge and expertise in product development and manufacturing extend throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Altair specializes in the development of high-end, open CAE software solutions for modeling, visualization, optimization and process automation. For more information visit Altair at .

Michael Kidder

Altair Engineering

Phone: 248.614.2400 ext. 269

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