Arvind Krishnan

Altair One: Consolidating Simulation, Analytics, and HPC for the Expert Analyst

May 10, 2021

High-performance computing (HPC). Artificial intelligence (AI). Machine learning (ML). The cloud.  Individually, these transformative technologies pack a powerful punch. Now, some companies are combining them with simulation to revolutionize product development.  Continuing Platformification of Solutions Many of today’s simulation and data analytics tools are experiencing “platformification,” where traditional desktop applications are broken down into separate …

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Altair One: Consolidating Simulation, Analytics, and HPC for the Expert Analyst

High-performance computing (HPC). Artificial intelligence (AI). Machine learning (ML). The cloud. 

Individually, these transformative technologies pack a powerful punch. Now, some companies are combining them with simulation to revolutionize product development. 

Continuing Platformification of Solutions

Many of today’s simulation and data analytics tools are experiencing “platformification,” where traditional desktop applications are broken down into separate chunks of functionality that are recombined to create new, cloud-based solutions.

Altair One is one such effort. It combines the company’s HPC, AI and ML, and simulation capabilities on one cloud platform. Users can quickly find and download Altair and partner software to solve the toughest engineering challenges. In this post, we explore Altair One’s functionality, potential users, and benefits.

What is Altair One? 

Altair One offers access to its technologies through an online marketplace. This includes its simulation, data analytics, and partner products. You can run these products on the cloud or install them locally from the Altair One platform. You can also access license information, technical support, and community forums.

Altair One provides scalable resources for simulation in the cloud, allowing you to access your HPC resources when required. With full support for a range of cloud providers, you can choose the right computing  infrastructure for your business. You can also deploy and decommission customized and dedicated HPC clusters on a per-project basis.. Thanks to its low-code environment, you can manage your compute resources with little to no IT expertise.

You can catalogue and store your information on the Altair Drive, gathering all of your team’s analysis work and results into one centralized data repository. You can then store, search, and apply that data at every stage of the product development lifecycle. You can also visualize simulation models, results, and more using a range of online tools. 

Using Altair One, you can access the tools and data to accelerate your product development lifecycle anywhere and any time. You can run jobs and visualize data on any device using just a browser.

Who Should Use Altair One? 

Altair One’s initial release targets expert analysts, providing solutions to build, refine, and control their simulation models across a range of physics domains. Many of these solutions are from Altair but partner solutions are also available. 

You can use Altair One’s applications through a browser or install many of them on the desktop. In either case, you can solve the analyses on a range of compute resources, including local desktops, on-premise HPC resources, or cloud-based compute clusters.

Simulation results can also be viewed and shared from a browser, from anywhere and at any time. Your data is always available. Altair One’s cloud-based nature means you can also access your HPC resources and connect applications with ease. You can mobilize your resources quickly to meet real-time demand and scale easily, only paying for what you need.

While Altair One’s initial vision targets analyst experts, it doesn’t end there. Future releases will support additional capabilities across the product development process, tailored to the skills and expertise of each stakeholder. Going forward, Altair One will continue to focus on seamless collaboration for all.

What Are the Benefits of Altair One?

The advantages of Altair One are clear. Users can aggregate their team’s expertise across one central data repository. They can access simulation results from anywhere at any time, and share and work on simulations remotely, just using a web browser. They can also access past simulations with ease. This allows them to reuse existing simulations, saving a vast amount of development time and effort. It also boosts collaboration across different teams and parts of the business. 

What’s more, large simulation jobs can easily be sent to HPC clusters, saving significant time for end users. Everything they need is now available at their fingertips. This shortens the path to discovery and expedites the product development process.

Altair One delivers many organizational benefits, too. It provides a turnkey HPC and cloud solution, giving a unified view of an organization’s entire IT infrastructure. Organizations can quickly deploy HPC and cloud resources without burdening their IT staff.

Any user can easily turn their cloud resources on and off, based on business needs and demands at that time. This boosts simulation experts’ productivity. It also allows the organization to streamline its operations, only using and paying for the resources they need. The organization also gets the most value out of its simulation products. Every tool is now accessible to everyone under one unified licensing system. 

In short, Altair One is a win-win for both the end user and the wider business. It gives users access to every Altair product and empowers access to compute resource  on any scale.

Summary and Takeaways

  • Altair One provides dynamic and collaborative access to the company’s simulation and data analytics technology and compute resources on one cloud platform.
  • It is easy to use, allowing you to access and manage your data and HPC resources from anywhere and on a per-project basis. Its low-code environment means you don’t need to trouble your IT experts.
  • Altair One targets expert analysts. They can access, work on, and share their simulation models through a browser.
  • Users can work from anywhere and collaborate seamlessly. The organization can manage its HPC and cloud resources with ease. Both benefit from massive cost and time savings, expediting the product development process.

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