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Altair Unlimited Data Analytics Appliance Released

TROY, MI, June 29, 2022 – Altair, a global leader in computational science, high performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI), has launched the Altair Unlimited data analytics appliance, an all-in-one turnkey solution, which will democratize enterprise-wide data analytics and empower users to glean more data insights than ever.

The Altair Unlimited data analytics appliance – which is built on Dell PowerEdge R750 servers – is designed to foster enterprise-wide, data-driven strategies by giving teams the power to use data analytics and AI to gain competitive advantages and drive next-level business results.

“Dell Technologies is a longtime partner and we are thrilled to take the Altair Unlimited data analytics appliance to market with them. After the incredible success of the Altair Unlimited simulation appliance, we wanted to give customers the same type of opportunities in the data analytics and AI sphere,” said Sam Mahalingam, chief technology officer, Altair. “With this technology, we will help enterprises move from expensive hardware and software solutions built around the SAS language, to a modern, cost-effective turnkey solution. We are confident users and organizations will see game-changing results immediately and we look forward to seeing how users maximize this technology and get the most from their data.”

The Altair Unlimited data analytics appliance gives users pre-loaded access to the Altair Analytics software package – and additional solutions – including:

  • Altair SLC – a SAS language compiler and execution environment: Runs programs written in the SAS language syntax without users needing to translate it or license third-party products. Also features a built-in SAS language compiler that runs the SAS language and SQL code and utilizes Python and R compilers to run Python and R code and exchange SAS language datasets, Pandas, and R data frames.
  • Altair SmartWorks Hub: Gives users and organizations centralized governance and deployment services for every step in the data analytics lifecycle. Also lets organizations control access to data sources and deployed applications, stores audit logs about all user actions, and gives all users the power to handle tasks once considered the exclusive domain of information technology (IT) and DevOps teams.
  • Altair Analytics Workbench: Empowers users to break down data silos, improve productivity, and reduce costs by giving teams a single platform where all users can connect, prepare, discover, and model any data. Also gives users an intuitive, drag-and-drop interface that lets them include Python, R, and SQL code into their SAS language programs – without needing to license third-party programs to run the SAS language programs.
  • Altair Access: Gives users a simple, powerful, and consistent interface for submitting and monitoring jobs on Altair Unlimited, remote clusters, clouds, and more – allowing engineers and researchers to focus on core activities and eliminate redundant or repetitive tasks. Most importantly, it gives all users easy access to high-performance computing (HPC) resources so they can run analytical models, view progress, manage data, and use 3D, remote visualization via web, desktop, or mobile – no IT expertise needed.

The Altair Unlimited data analytics appliance gives users and organizations out-of-the-box access to an unprecedented level of data analytics capabilities. By using the Altair Unlimited data analytics appliance, organizations can develop and run multi-language data analytics software solutions, including those written in the SAS language. The appliance supports interactive use by data scientists and business users together with a secure, managed production deployment infrastructure for scheduled and on-demand operation.

Like the Altair Unlimited simulation appliance, the Altair Unlimited data analytics appliance will give users a comprehensive new range of data analytics capabilities. Technology like this showcases Altair and Dell Technologies’ initiative to provide customers with cutting-edge, best-in-class tools.

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About Altair

Altair is a global leader in computational science and artificial intelligence (AI) that provides software and cloud solutions in simulation, high-performance computing (HPC), data analytics, and AI. Altair enables organizations across all industries to compete more effectively and drive smarter decisions in an increasingly connected world – all while creating a greener, more sustainable future.

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AVEVA, WVU Launch Simulation-Based Learning Modules

for Chemical Engineering Students

LONDON, UK, June 28, 2022 – AVEVA, a global leader in industrial software, driving digital transformation and sustainability, has launched new dynamic simulation-based active-learning modules for chemical engineering students in association with West Virginia University (WVU). The joint effort aims to develop a practical guide of standard active learning techniques for process simulators in the chemical engineering curriculum as well as for the design of sustainable solutions while solving challenges in STEM education.

The new curriculum serves academia, oil and gas customers and chemical customers. Each course has four active learning pathways developed using the AVEVA Process Simulation platform for a total of 40 modules in the guide. The structure of each module comprises general information, learning objectives, description, background, activity and debrief.

Professors, students and engineers can collaborate across disciplines in a single integrated platform with AVEVA Process Simulation to explore all dimensions of a potential design and quantify its impact on sustainability, feasibility, and profitability.

AVEVA’s academic customers can leverage the advantages the new curriculum offers as it incorporates elements of active learning, and connections between the real world and the simulator. The AVEVA platform allows users to design sustainable processes at the speed the market demands with the innovative, integrated platform that enables a circular, sustainable world.

Lecture-based instruction has been the traditional classroom teaching model. However, this approach has its limits in developing a conceptual or practical understanding of the material. With advancements in technology and better awareness of the importance of practical learning, chemical process simulators have become more commonplace in the classroom.

Steady-state process simulators enable students to design equipment for complex chemical processes faster than ever before. But research shows that students are not always aware of the difference between classroom and real-world process simulators, which can lead to misconceptions about the role and application of these tools.

Consequently, curricula need to be redesigned to make better use of process simulators. Any new simulation-based education tool should incorporate elements of active learning, and connections between the real world and the simulator are imperative. This is where AVEVA and WVU are making a difference.

The 40 dynamic, active learning modules in AVEVA Process Simulation can be incorporated into chemical engineering education with minimal effort on the part of instructors, while simultaneously avoiding the so-called black box effect.

Caoimhe Keogan, chief people officer, at AVEVA said: “Our aim is to create a curriculum for chemical engineering departments, instructors and students that offers access to simulation learning plans in just a few clicks. The use of AVEVA tools offers users a realistic rendering of their environment and enables them to undertake academia lab projects and lessons with ease. By streamlining educational approaches with industry demands, AVEVA is also working towards a sustainable world.

“AVEVA Process Simulation calculates greenhouse gas emissions and optimizes the process to reduce the overall carbon footprint. Early exposure to this for prospective engineers is essential for the future of a sustainable industrial world.  We are confident the new curriculum will prove invaluable for both students and instructors.”

The AVEVA Process Simulation Academic Program is being made available to universities globally to help bring state-of-the-art process engineering tools into the classroom. This cloud-enabled offering provides access to industry-standard engineering software and next-generation simulation tools including an extended reality environment.

Dr Richard Turton, Emeritus Professor at West Virginia University said: “The APS-based curriculum available through AVEVA allows students to gain deeper insight into many aspects of the chemical engineering curriculum. By utilizing realistic, dynamic simulations of different equipment and control systems within a chemical process, students and instructors will see how designs, often made through steady-state simulations and calculations, react to process changes relevant to real-world operations.”


AVEVA is a global leader in industrial software, sparking ingenuity to drive responsible use of the world’s resources. The company’s secure industrial cloud platform and applications enable businesses to harness the power of their information and improve collaboration with customers, suppliers and partners.

Over 20,000 enterprises in over 100 countries rely on AVEVA to help them deliver life’s essentials: safe and reliable energy, food, medicines, infrastructure and more. By connecting people with trusted information and AI-enriched insights, AVEVA enables teams to engineer efficiently and optimize operations, driving growth and sustainability.

Named as one of the world’s most innovative companies, AVEVA supports customers with open solutions and the expertise of more than 6,400 employees, 5,000 partners and 5,700 certified developers. With operations around the globe, they are headquartered in Cambridge, UK and listed on the London Stock Exchange’s FTSE 100.

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Ansys, SoftInWay Partner for Turbomachinery Design

PITTSBURGH, PA, June 28, 2022 – Ansys and SoftInWay, a design and analysis software provider for 1D-2D designs, are partnering to streamline the design workflow for single-stage, multi-stage, and multi-module turbomachinery. The new engineering workflow enables seamless, push-button design transfer between platforms for advanced multiphysics computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and finite element analysis (FEA) to support environmentally responsible, lower-emission engine designs for SoftInWay customers.

The partnership supports further digitization of a very streamlined workflow, from the initial design in SoftInWay’s AxSTREAM platform, to analysis using Ansys’ 3D physics solvers Ansys CFX, Ansys Fluent, and Ansys Mechanical

When designing turbomachinery, engineers begin working within a 1D-2D tool, then tweak their designs for further optimization. The next step is to transfer the resulting design into a 3D model and run simulations, which normally requires manual data transfer. Without the right 3D solvers in place, transferring both designs and data from the 1D-2D stage is a cumbersome process prone to inaccuracies.

The Ansys-SoftInWay partnership supports further digitization of a very streamlined workflow, from the initial design in SoftInWay’s AxSTREAM platform, to analysis using Ansys’ 3D physics solvers Ansys CFXAnsys Fluent, and Ansys Mechanical. The new workflow enables the integration of the high-fidelity simulations and optimization studies needed through Ansys Workbench to automate the entire development process in one continuous chain. Workflow automation contributes to more predictively accurate designs and faster production cycles, significantly lowering production costs while speeding time to market.

“Nothing in the simulation world exists in a bubble, especially in the modern age,” said Leonid Moroz, CEO at SoftInWay. “Integration is key and having the ability to seamlessly toggle between 0D-2D and 3D multiphysics simulation tools is going to be a necessity as we enter a new age of digitalization. Through this partnership, companies can fully automate the development process from the initial stages all the way to the completed design in one environment, which is extremely advantageous to any engineering workflow.”

“As efficiency and emissions targets continue to evolve, significant changes are coming to aeroengine function and design,” said Shane Emswiler, senior vice president of products at Ansys. “Ansys simulation plays a key role in the evolution of digital turbomachinery design to meet these expectations. Together with SoftInWay, we’re realizing a quicker path toward efficiency within a robust software toolchain that yields predictively accurate simulation results for our customers.”

About Ansys

When visionary companies need to know how their world-changing ideas will perform, they close the gap between design and reality with Ansys simulation. For more than 50 years, Ansys software has enabled innovators across industries to push boundaries by using the predictive power of simulation. From sustainable transportation to advanced semiconductors, from satellite systems to life-saving medical devices, the next great leaps in human advancement will be powered by Ansys.

Ansys Releases Totem-SC, Ansys PathFinder-SC

PITTSBURGH, PA, June 20, 2022 – Ansys announced the release of two new semiconductor products – Ansys Totem-SC and Ansys PathFinder-SC – for power integrity and electrostatic discharge (ESD) reliability signoff, respectively. The new products significantly increase the speed and capacity of existing Totem and PathFinder products by integrating them into the Ansys SeaScape big-data platform for distributed processing. This deepens Ansys’ strategic commitment to adopting open and customizable design platforms to enable multiphysics engineering simulations.

Ansys Totem-SC showing region of voltage drop in the power grid

Totem-SC is built on the SeaScape platform to address the growing challenge of power integrity analysis in today’s extremely large memory and analog mixed signal designs. SeaScape is a massively scalable data platform that used big-data techniques to enable highly scalable elastic compute and facilitate multiphysics analyses. Totem-SC delivers 10x faster performance on average for dynamic voltage drop signoff of next generation designs like complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensors, dynamic random-access memories (DRAM), flash memories, field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), and high-speed transceivers.

“Power supply noise is a critical metric for our CMOS image sensors as it directly impacts pixel performance,” said Seonil Brian Choi, corporate VP Samsung Electronics. “Totem-SC offers us a high-capacity IR signoff solution for Samsung’s high-resolution sensor designs using standard low-memory machines. The high-fidelity results give our team the confidence to maximize design optimization for a better final product.”

PathFinder-SC provides a high-capacity solution for verifying the protective circuitry found on all chips that protect them from electrostatic discharge (ESD) and damage from voltage spikes. This technology has become increasingly pivotal as silicon technology continues to shrink to 7nm and below where these tiny transistors need to be protected by critical ESD circuitry that is checked, verified, and signed off with PathFinder-SC. SeaScape technology allows PathFinder-SC to deliver 10x faster turnaround for ultra-large SoCs, which makes it ideal for today’s large, high-speed semiconductor designs in artificial intelligence, imaging, networking, and 5G and 6G telecommunications.

“ESD signoff has become increasingly challenging as our design has grown larger and the predictive accuracy requirements have tightened,” said Chanhee Jeon, Master (VP of Technology) at Samsung Electronics. “We have found that PathFinder-SC gives us a high-capacity ESD signoff solution with superior root-cause analysis and multiphysics analysis capabilities, which helps us meet our delivery schedules.”

SeaScape’s big-data elastic compute algorithms are ideal for scalable, distributed deployment as it uses regular sized machines and does not require a large master node with huge memory. The SeaScape platform is an open platform architecture that allows customers to integrate other tools and their own algorithms by means of a Python-based customizable user interface (UI).

“Designing today’s chips and electronic systems is an increasingly complex multiphysics analysis and simulation problem that requires a broad array of tools to solve,” said John Lee, vice president and general manager of the electronics, semiconductor, and optics business unit at Ansys. “Ansys strongly believes in providing open and extensible platforms like SeaScape so our users can use the best tools to simulate, analyze, and optimize their product designs – all the way from early prototyping to manufacturing signoff.”

About Ansys

If you’ve ever seen a rocket launch, flown on an airplane, driven a car, used a computer, touched a mobile device, crossed a bridge, or put on wearable technology, chances are you’ve used a product where Ansys software played a critical role in its creation. Ansys is the global leader in engineering simulation. Through their strategy of Pervasive Engineering Simulation, they help the world’s most innovative companies deliver radically better products to their customers. By offering the best and broadest portfolio of engineering simulation software, we help them solve the most complex design challenges and create products limited only by imagination. Founded in 1970, Ansys is headquartered south of Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

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Altair Signs Research Agreement with Politecnico di Milano

TROY, MI, June 20, 2022 – Altair, a global leader in computational science and artificial intelligence (AI), has signed a research agreement with the Politecnico di Milano. The agreement will allow Altair to participate in the Space Economy 2022 Observatory, which is a group of researchers and organizations dedicated to exploring how key industrial players are defining and using resources, performing activities, and creating value through the exploration, understanding, management, and use of space.

Led by the Politecnico di Milano – a leading Italian, public, scientific-technological university that trains engineers, architects, and industrial designers – the Space Economy Observatory will explore various activities including tourism, observation, research, mining, and more. The space economy is a fast-growing and evolving sector that is constantly being redefined by major technological and economic changes like the rise of additive manufacturing, groundbreaking computing power, advanced materials, and the growing role of privately-owned space programs. The Space Economy Observatory’s goal is to accelerate cross-sector innovation by combining the most advanced digital technologies to generate a broad portfolio of services.

Altair will provide its broad knowledge and proven simulation, product development, HPC, artificial intelligence (AI), and data analytics expertise. Through its convergence approach to technology, Altair will also provide insight regarding how technologies interact, and how firms and teams within the space economy can utilize them to make better products that generate improved data and insight. Another important element Altair can share within the Space Economy Observatory is the computing expertise, since computing is one of the most important aspects of the space economy today and will continue to be a crucial technology moving forward.

“Italy is taking advantage of the burgeoning space economy, as shown by the Italian government allocating €2.3 billion dedicated to improving earth observation satellite technologies and other areas of the space economy as part of the Next Generation EU recovery plan,” said Andrea Maria Benedetto, managing director of Italy, Altair. “The space economy’s future will hinge on the ability to create satellites that are smaller, lighter, and better at withstanding the harsh environment of space. In addition, organizations that can create cheaper launchers, better antennas, and instruments that can handle and organize the enormous amounts of data they capture will gain a competitive edge. Altair joined the Observatory’s research pool because it can empower people to manage simulation, data analytics, and a robust IT infrastructure in a simple, dynamic way. We’ve been honing this concept for decades, and we’re now providing researchers with powerful, dynamic, world-class software they can use to define the future of the space economy.”

“The Space Economy will assume an increasingly important strategic role in achieving the sustainability and transition objectives of the European and Italian agenda. Therefore, the Space Economy Observatory is committed to support the Italian ecosystem and the Altair’s decision to join our community of practice is for us an important sign of vitality and growing relevance,” said Angelo Cavallo, director, Space Economy Observatory.

The results of the Space Economy Observatory will be available via dedicated workshops and a conference that the Politecnico will announce soon. Click here to learn more about the Politecnico di Milano and the Space Economy Observatory. To learn more about Altair and its aerospace technology, visit

About Altair

Altair is a global leader in computational science and artificial intelligence (AI) that provides software and cloud solutions in simulation, high-performance computing (HPC), data analytics, and AI. Altair enables organizations across all industries to compete more effectively and drive smarter decisions in an increasingly connected world – all while creating a greener, more sustainable future.

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