Altair

Oracle Customer Success

Altair improves performance and saves 25% with Oracle Cloud

Summary

To increase the number of models run in its modeling and visualization software, Altair moved to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and saved 25%. Computational fluid dynamics models now complete in less than 12 hours.

Business challenges

Founded in 1985 in Troy, Michigan, Altair Engineering is all about applying high-performance computing to engineering and product development. With its flagship HyperWorks platform, Altair helped establish graphics-based simulation as the first, rather than last, process in innovative product design. Its customers span a variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive, healthcare, energy, retail, process manufacturing, and consumer goods.

For optimal use of its applications, Altair realized its customers would benefit from access to highly scalable compute and storage capacity—something cloud computing could provide. As Altair began to develop its design apps for use with high-speed graphics processors, the company needed a cloud partner expert in handling that technology.

We went looking for the best price-performance, and we found that in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

Sam Mahalingam

Chief Technical Officer for Enterprise Solutions, Altair Engineering

Why Altair Chose Oracle

Altair had partnered with Oracle previously, using the company’s database as an integral element in its engineering toolset. That experience set expectations for how Oracle would work as a cloud partner.

Specifically, it turned to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure for its best-in-class bare metal (not virtualized) high-performance cloud compute cycles, high-speed cloud networking, and I/O-optimized cloud storage. Altair also saw Oracle’s experience with GPU (graphics processing unit) engineering and application development as a distinct advantage.

Results

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure offers inherent advantages. Its security features are “fantastic,” says Altair CTO Sam Mahalingam, and time saved in implementation is impressive as well. For instance, it can take customers months to deploy their own on-premise HPC solution, but that takes less than an hour on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Mahalingam says.

Oracle Cloud’s bare metal compute and low-latency RDMA networking services also deliver up to 25% better price-performance for Altair’s Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Structural Mechanics solvers. Running on Oracle Cloud, HyperWorks can, for example, provide complex vehicle simulation results in fewer than 12 hours.

Altair recently made its most advanced engineering suite, HyperWorks CFD Unlimited, available on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. By using Oracle Cloud Infrastructure with cutting-edge bare metal GPU services, Altair is able to not only cut costs, but also go to market with advanced products faster than previously, says CTO Mahalingam. And customers will gain the same advantage, he says.

Access to GPU compute resources can be challenging for our customers. The integration with Oracle’s cloud platform addresses this challenge, and provides customers the ability to use GPU-based solvers in the cloud for accelerated performance leveraging the state-of-the-art GPU compute resources. Ultimately, this leads to improved productivity, optimized resource utilization, and faster time to market.

Sam Mahalingam

Chief Technical Officer for Enterprise Solutions, Altair Engineering