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Altair Acquires HPC I/O Diagnostics Specialist Ellexus

Altair has announced its second acquisition in two days. The company today announced the acquisition of Ellexus, an input/output (I/O) analysis tool designed to help customers address issues quickly, improving speed accuracy and cloud readiness.

Ellexus software products, Mistral and Breeze, are used for I/O diagnostics, optimization, and dependency detection by HPC administrators of large enterprises. Altair plans to integrate them into the “storage aware” scheduling functionality of Altair PBS Works.

Altair continues to expand its reach and capabilities for HPC environments to support important modern workloads including for data analytics, AI and ADAS,” said James Scapa, Altair’s chief executive officer and founder. “The acquisition of Ellexus is particularly relevant in these domains as storage aware scheduling for big data applications is critical.”

The company said the purchase of Ellexus along with yesterday’s announced acquisition of Univa “positions Altair as the leading scheduling and resource optimization solution provider for both massively parallel and high-throughput, single-core jobs. Ellexus nicely complements Altair’s scheduling technology by providing per-job storage agnostic file and network I/O real-time monitoring to identify I/O latencies and bottlenecks for faster job execution times and better resource utilization.”

Altair will also deepen its technical ranks with the addition of. Francis earned a PhD in computer architecture from the University of Cambridge and an undergraduate degree in math and computer science. She is a regular guest lecturer at Cambridge University and is a member of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

“There is no better place for Ellexus’ products to get into the hands of global customers who can immediately benefit,” said Dr. Rosemary Francis, Ellexus founder and CEO. “Altair’s growing leadership in HPC is exciting and exactly where I want to be to help grow the business and stretch technology to its limits.”

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