Altair PBS Professional Deployed on Polaris Supercomputer at Argonne – High-Performance Computing News Analysis

SC22, Dallas, TX. November 14, 2022 — Altair (Nasdaq: ALTR) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory announce the use of an on-demand and scheduling workload manager — Altair PBS Professional — to accelerate scientific breakthroughs, including efforts aimed at solving the world’s energy crises. Argonne’s Polaris supercomputer uses technology to help scientists find ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through research into fusion energy, improved biofuels, and the next generation of safer and more reliable nuclear reactors.

Using PBS Professional on high-performance computing (HPC) systems at the Argonne Leadership Computing facility, a user facility of the DOE’s Office of Science, researchers will be able to schedule concurrent, concurrent workloads, resulting in higher research productivity without interruption. Published earlier this year, Polaris is Argonne’s most powerful computer yet and is helping researchers prepare for the lab’s Aurora exascale system, which will also use PBS Professional. Aurora would theoretically be able to perform 2 quintillion operations per second, making it one of the fastest supercomputers in the world.

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PBS Professional helps optimize and manage thousands of contract hours at a time, enabling ALCF researchers to reduce research hours by hundreds and make more powerful scientific discoveries.

“We don’t have a moment to lose in solving the world’s critical energy challenges. PBS Professional enables researchers to advance scientific progress at a significantly faster rate,” said Bill Alcock, COO, ALCF. “We’re excited about our collaboration with Altair, and can’t wait.” To see what the future holds for Polaris as we tackle future challenges such as on-demand computing, data services and sharing, not to mention the exponential increase in power once we run PBS Professional on our next generation Aurora supercomputer.”

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“ALCF has brought some of the world’s most powerful technologies together to help the global scientific community unlock the mysteries of our world, mitigate climate change, and leapfrog technological advances,” said Scapa, Founder and CEO of Altair. “We’re proud that PBS Professional is leading this effort and we’re excited to see the research advances made by both the Polaris and Aurora supercomputers next.”

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