MSC.Software Joins Itanium Solutions Alliance

High Performance Computing Leader Committed to Furthering Offerings for Itanium Platforms

SANTA ANA, Calif., Oct. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MSC.Software Corp. (OTC: MNSC), the leading global provider of virtual product development (VPD) solutions including simulation software and services, today announced it has joined the newly formed Itanium Solutions Alliance. As the first simulation company to provide support of Intel's 64-bit Itanium 2 processors, MSC.Software has committed to work with the Alliance to further the capabilities of High Performance Computing solutions based on Itanium platforms.

MSC.Nastran is the world's most widely used FEA program for simple to complex, linear and nonlinear analyses of structural, fluid, thermal, and coupled systems. Deployment of MSC.Nastran on Itanium platforms offers customers world class solution performance for this critical tool.

"As the world leader in Virtual Product Development, MSC.Software is proud to be a contributing member of the Itanium Solutions Alliance," said Frank Kovacs, vice president of strategic alliances, MSC.Software. "MSC was the first simulation company to provide beta support of Intel's Itanium 64-bit dual core platform and our upcoming release of MSC.Nastran will include advanced optimizations and will extend the performance customers will see with high-end analysis. We will continue to strengthen our collaboration with the Alliance to accelerate the delivery of low cost enterprise VPD solutions that enable our customers to reduce time-to-market and increase market share."

The Itanium Solutions Alliance was formed by leading enterprise and technical computing providers to work together toward a common goal of transitioning the world of proprietary computing platforms to the new datacenter based on open, industry standards based platforms. Membership comprises some of the most influential companies in the computing industry who will focus on expanding Itanium solutions capability for high performance computing and mission critical enterprise deployments.

"Since the Itanium Solutions Alliance launch in September, industry interest in participation has been strong," said Kirk Skaugen, Intel's representative to the Itanium Solutions Alliance Steering Committee. "MSC is the first VPD provider to join the Alliance and brings a unique expertise to the group. We look forward to their joining other industry leaders in driving new capabilities to Itanium platforms."

About MSC.Software Corporation

MSC.Software (OTC: MNSC) is the leading global provider of virtual product development solutions, including simulation software and services, that helps companies make money, save time and reduce costs associated with designing and testing manufactured products. MSC.Software works with thousands of companies in hundreds of industries to develop better products faster by utilizing information technology, software, services and systems. MSC.Software employs more than 1400 people in 23 countries. For additional information about MSC.Software's products and services, please visit www.mscsoftware.com.

The MSC.Software Corporate Logo, SimOffice, SimDesigner, MSC, MSC.ADAMS, MSC.Dytran, MSC.EASY5, MSC.Marc, MSC.MasterKey, MSC.Nastran, MSC.Patran, MSC.SimManager and MSC.SOFY are trademarks or registered trademarks of MSC.Software Corporation in the USA and/or other countries. NASTRAN is a registered trademark of NASA. All other trademarks belong to their respective owners.

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Keates, Vice President, Investor Relations, +1-714-444-8551,
Email Contact, both of MSC.Software

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