Altair Engineering

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Altair Engineering, Inc.
Private
Industry CAE Software, Product Design and Development Services, and Grid Computing
Founded Troy, Michigan, USA (1985)
Headquarters Troy, Michigan, USA
Key people
Jim Scapa, Founder, President and CEO
Jim Brancheau, CTO
Brett Chouinard, COO
Products See complete products listing.
Number of employees
1,500+ (2012)
Website www.altair.com

Altair Engineering is a product design and development, engineering software and cloud computing software company. Altair was founded by James R Scapa, George Christ, and Mark Kistner in 1985. Over its history, it has had various locations near Detroit, Michigan, USA. It is currently headquartered in Troy, Michigan with regional offices throughout America, Europe and Asia.

Altair Engineering is the creator of the HyperWorks suite of CAE software products.

Organization[edit]

Altair is divided into three business divisions: Product Design (PD), HyperWorks CAE Software (HW), and PBS Works (PBS).

Portfolio[edit]

The principal product offerings from Altair's Commercial Software division is its HyperWorks line of software, including:

  • OptiStruct - Structural Analysis Solver (linear and non-linear); market-leading solution for structural design and optimization
  • RADIOSS - Structural Analysis Solver (highly non-linear problems under dynamic loadings); an industry standard for automotive crash and impact analysis
  • MotionView - Solver-neutral Multi-body Pre-processor
  • MotionSolve - Multi-body Solver; an integrated solution to analyze and optimize multi-body system performance
  • HyperXtrude - Metal & Polymer Extrusion Solver; an advanced solver for manufacturing process simulations and validations
  • HyperForm - Metal Forming Solver
  • HyperMesh, HyperCrash, Simlab, HyperView, HyperGraph - CAE Pre & Post Processing[1]
  • HyperStudy - Design of Experiments and Multi-disciplinary Design Optimization
  • HyperMath - Mathematical Analysis Environment
  • AcuSolve - General-purpose Finite Element Based CFD Solver
  • FEKO - 3D Electromagnetic Solver

The CAE data and process management solutions

  • Altair Data Manager
  • Altair Process Manager

The Enterprise Computing division develops and manages:

  • PBS Professional software, developed from OpenPBS.

Subsidiaries of Altair Engineering

  • ilumisys - produces LED lighting products[2][3]

Altair Owned Companies

  • solidThinking - industrial design software
  • HiQube - business intelligence software
  • Altair ProductDesign - product innovation consulting

History[edit]

Altair was established in 1985. In 1990, HyperMesh was released. In 1994, Altair receives IndustryWeek's "Technology of the Year" award for OptiStruct.[4]

During the 2008 economy crisis, Altair started a program to offer free training on its product for unemployed persons in Michigan.[5]

In September 2010, Altair purchased a 136,000-square-foot (12,600 m2) Annex Facility in Troy, to initially house Altair’s subsidiary ilumisys, Inc. Altair also acquired SimLab in October 2011.[6]

2011 began with another acquisition, ACUSIM Software, with their CFD Solver, AcuSolve.[7] In September 2011, Altair ProductDesign unveiled BUSolution, a hybrid hydraulic bus.[8][9][10]

In June 2014, Altair acquired EM Software & Systems – S.A. (Pty) Ltd and its international distributor offices in the United States, Germany, and China, with their electromagnetic simulation software, FEKO.[11][12][13]

Alternative software[edit]

Free and open-source software[edit]

Proprietary software[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chorofas Visual Programming Technology 1997 p196 "The University of Illinois in 1990 developed Hyperview for Intel's iPSC/2 hypercube"
  2. ^ "ilumisys Inc.". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  3. ^ Tom Henderson (2009-11-11). "Ilumisys vies to be No. 1 LED maker". Crain's Detroit Business. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  4. ^ John Teresko (1994-12-19). "Altair Computing Inc. Troy, Mich.". IndustryWeek. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  5. ^ Sherri Begin Welch (2008-12-04). "Altair offering free training, software licenses for unemployed engineers". Crain's Detroit Business. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  6. ^ http://www.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/2010-10-28/altair_engineering_to_acquire_simlab_corporation.html
  7. ^ http://www.deskeng.com/articles/aabaar.htm
  8. ^ Keith Barry (2011-11-09). "New Hybrids Will Pump it Up". Wired. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  9. ^ Josh Cable (2011-09-08). "Series-Hybrid Hydraulic Transit Bus Promises Fuel, Cost Savings". Industry Week. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  10. ^ Josh Cable (2011-11-16). "Big Green Machines". Industry Week. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  11. ^ http://www.deskeng.com/de/altair-em-software-systems-complete-deal/
  12. ^ http://www.feko.info/about-us/News/altair-and-em-software-systems-s.a.-close-deal
  13. ^ http://www.emss.co.za/history.php
  14. ^ [depts.washington.edu/clawpack]
  15. ^ deal.II homepage
  16. ^ FreeCFD homepage
  17. ^ Gerris homepage
  18. ^ OpenFVM homepage
  19. ^ Palabos homepage
  20. ^ SU2 homepage
  21. ^ COOLFluiD homepage
  22. ^ Azore Technologies, LLC Home Page
  23. ^ Software Cradle Co., Ltd. Home Page
  24. ^ SC/Tetra Page
  25. ^ scSTREAM Page
  26. ^ Heat Designer Page

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