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Sanjay Gangal
Sanjay Gangal
Sanjay Gangal is the President of IBSystems, the parent company of, MCADCafe, EDACafe.Com, GISCafe.Com, and ShareCG.Com.

Altair’s Vision for Future Engineering: A Holistic Approach to Innovation

March 8th, 2024 by Sanjay Gangal

In a virtual presentation at Altair’s Future.Industry 2024 event, Sam Mahalingam, the Chief Technology Officer, delved into the platform-centric approach that Altair offers to expedite customers’ digital engineering journey. Mahalingam emphasized the transformative potential of computational intelligence in fostering a connected, safer, and sustainable future.

Sam Mahalingam, CTO

Empowering Digital Transformation

Altair’s commitment to advancing digital transformation through computational intelligence is evident in its platform-centric approach. By harnessing the power of autonomous artificial intelligence and automation, Altair seeks to revolutionize various industries, including aerospace, automotive, pharmaceuticals, and manufacturing.

Mahalingam highlighted the significance of autonomy, defining it as augmented intelligence, continuous learning, and self-optimization. This approach underscores Altair’s vision of democratizing powerful technologies, such as simulation, high-performance computing, and AI, to empower organizations with the tools needed to drive innovation and make data-driven decisions.

HyperWorks: Redefining Engineering

HyperWorks stands out for its ability to address a wide array of engineering challenges within a single, unified platform. Mahalingam emphasized its versatility, enabling users to tackle complex problems spanning multiple disciplines such as structures, motions, fluids, electromagnetics, and electronics.

With HyperWorks, engineers can seamlessly transition between different phases of the design and simulation process, streamlining workflows and enhancing productivity. Its intuitive interface and comprehensive suite of tools empower users to explore new ideas, iterate on designs, and optimize performance with unparalleled efficiency.

What sets HyperWorks apart is its integration of AI solutions and advanced visualization techniques. Mahalingam highlighted how AI algorithms embedded within HyperWorks enable users to achieve unprecedented results, driving innovation and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in engineering design.

Moreover, HyperWorks’ true-to-life visualization capabilities provide users with valuable insights for informed decision-making. By leveraging AI-driven visualization, engineers can gain deeper understanding of their designs, identify potential issues, and explore alternative solutions with greater confidence.

Mahalingam underscored HyperWorks’ commitment to interoperability and open architecture, allowing seamless integration with existing workflows and third-party applications. This flexibility enables users to leverage their preferred tools and methodologies while harnessing the power of HyperWorks for advanced simulation and design tasks.

The platform’s open architecture also facilitates collaboration and knowledge sharing within and across organizations. Engineers can easily collaborate on projects, share simulation models, and leverage collective expertise to drive innovation and solve complex engineering challenges more effectively.

Mahalingam emphasized that HyperWorks is not just a software platform—it’s a catalyst for innovation and success in engineering. With its unparalleled capabilities, intuitive interface, and commitment to interoperability, HyperWorks empowers engineers to push the boundaries of what’s possible, driving breakthroughs and shaping the future of engineering.

RapidMiner: Revolutionizing Data Analytics

In addition to simulation, Altair’s RapidMiner platform is poised to revolutionize data analytics and AI. Mahalingam highlighted RapidMiner’s seamless integration and versatility, catering to both established data analytics teams and those embarking on their journey.

One of RapidMiner’s key strengths lies in its ability to move beyond descriptive analytics towards prescriptive analytics powered by AI. Mahalingam highlighted how RapidMiner leverages advanced machine learning algorithms to not only analyze historical data but also predict future outcomes and prescribe actionable insights.

RapidMiner’s intuitive interface and comprehensive suite of tools make it accessible to both seasoned data scientists and citizen data analysts. Mahalingam emphasized how RapidMiner democratizes data analytics, empowering users across the organization to harness the power of data and make informed decisions.

Mahalingam underscored how RapidMiner offers organizations a path to automation, enabling them to streamline repetitive tasks and focus on higher-value activities. By automating data preparation, modeling, and deployment processes, RapidMiner accelerates time-to-insight and drives innovation across the organization.

What sets RapidMiner apart is its deep integration of AI throughout the data analytics process. Mahalingam highlighted how RapidMiner’s AI-powered algorithms enable users to uncover hidden patterns, detect anomalies, and generate actionable insights from complex datasets, driving innovation and competitive advantage.

Mahalingam emphasized that RapidMiner is not just a tool—it’s a catalyst for digital transformation. By democratizing data analytics, empowering users with AI-driven insights, and streamlining processes, RapidMiner enables organizations to stay ahead of the curve and drive innovation in a rapidly evolving business landscape.

HPC Works: Optimizing High-Performance Computing

Altair’s commitment to high-performance computing (HPC) is exemplified by its HPC Works platform. Mahalingam underscored the platform’s versatility and efficiency, enabling users to tackle complex problems across various computing environments.

HPC Works emerges as a cornerstone in Altair’s commitment to addressing complex engineering challenges. Mahalingam highlighted how HPC Works empowers engineers and researchers to tackle problems that were once deemed insurmountable. From simulating new drugs to understanding climate changes, HPC Works provides the computational muscle needed to drive scientific discovery and technological innovation.

One of HPC Works’ key strengths lies in its ability to cater to diverse computing requirements within a single, unified platform. Mahalingam emphasized how HPC Works is designed to accommodate various workloads, whether they involve traditional technical tasks or emerging AI workloads. This flexibility enables organizations to maximize resource utilization and drive efficiency across the board.

Mahalingam underscored how HPC Works facilitates collaboration and innovation by providing users with the tools they need to work seamlessly across distributed teams and environments. With HPC Works, engineers and researchers can collaborate on projects, share resources, and leverage collective expertise to drive innovation and solve complex challenges more effectively.

A key focus of HPC Works is on optimizing performance and efficiency across the entire computing ecosystem. Mahalingam highlighted how HPC Works provides users with detailed monitoring and reporting tools, allowing them to gain insights into resource utilization and make informed decisions to enhance overall performance. Moreover, HPC Works’ intelligent scheduling algorithms ensure optimal resource allocation, minimizing job completion times and maximizing efficiency.

Mahalingam addressed the challenges of managing hybrid computing environments, where AI workloads coexist with traditional HPC tasks. He emphasized how HPC Works provides practical strategies and solutions for overcoming these challenges, enabling organizations to harness the combined power of HPC and AI while maintaining optimal efficiency.

Mahalingam emphasized that HPC Works is not just a computing platform—it’s a strategic asset for organizations looking to stay ahead of the curve in a rapidly evolving technological landscape. As Altair continues to invest in the development of HPC Works and expand its capabilities, organizations can look forward to even greater opportunities to optimize performance, drive innovation, and achieve success in the digital age.

Altair One: A Cloud Innovation Gateway

Altair One emerges as a game-changer in the realm of cloud computing, offering a seamless and intuitive platform for users to create, compute, and collaborate. Mahalingam emphasized how Altair One eliminates traditional barriers to entry by providing a cloud-native solution accessible from any browser, without the need for complex installations or infrastructure investments.

A key strength of Altair One lies in its cloud neutrality, allowing users to choose their preferred cloud service provider for their application needs. Mahalingam highlighted how Altair One provides global accessibility, enabling users to access their data and collaborate with colleagues across regions effortlessly.

Mahalingam underscored Altair’s commitment to security, emphasizing modern authentication protocols and end-to-end encryption to safeguard user data. Moreover, Altair One offers elastic, on-demand cloud computing, allowing organizations to scale resources dynamically to meet fluctuating demand without compromising performance or security.

Altair One serves as a catalyst for collaboration and innovation, providing users with the tools they need to work together seamlessly across distributed teams and environments. Mahalingam highlighted Altair One’s collaborative features, which enable users to share models, collaborate on projects, and harness collective expertise to drive innovation and solve complex challenges more effectively.

Altair One offers users a high degree of customization and flexibility, allowing them to tailor the platform to their specific needs and workflows. Mahalingam emphasized how Altair One’s open, low-code platform enables users to add custom applications and integrate with existing tools, empowering them to maximize productivity and innovation.

Mahalingam emphasized that Altair One is not just a cloud platform—it’s a gateway to intelligent products and solutions. By democratizing access to cloud computing resources, fostering collaboration, and providing tools for innovation, Altair One empowers organizations to accelerate their digital transformation journey and achieve success in a rapidly evolving business landscape. As Altair continues to invest in the development of Altair One and expand its capabilities, users can look forward to even greater opportunities to unlock the full potential of cloud computing and drive innovation in the digital age.


In closing, Mahalingam reiterated Altair’s dedication to accelerating customers’ digital engineering journey through a holistic approach encompassing simulation, data analytics, AI, and high-performance computing. As innovation continues to accelerate, Altair remains at the forefront, leveraging cutting-edge technologies to empower businesses and shape the future of engineering.

The Future.Industry 2024 event underscores Altair’s commitment to driving innovation and fostering collaboration in the digital engineering landscape, setting the stage for transformative advancements in the years to come. With its platform-centric approach and commitment to excellence, Altair is poised to revolutionize industries and empower organizations to thrive in an increasingly digital world.

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