ANSYS Software Offers 64-Bit Support for Microsoft Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003

Solution Improves Engineering Simulation Speed and Accuracy

SOUTHPOINTE, Pa., Sept. 19 -- ANSYS, Inc. (NASDAQ:ANSS), a global innovator of simulation software and technologies designed to optimize product development processes, today announced that the upcoming releases of its multiphysics simulation software - ANSYS® 11.0 and FLUENT® 6.3 - will include support for Microsoft Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003. Enabling high-performance computing (HPC) on the Microsoft Windows platform, the new solution helps customers deploy computer-aided engineering (CAE) at a higher level than in the past, decreasing the time required for simulations and increasing the accuracy of results.

ANSYS 11.0 and FLUENT 6.3 take advantage of the Microsoft Message Passing Interface (MPI) software layer in Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 for data communication between processors on the cluster. The new releases also use the Microsoft Job Scheduler in Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003, providing an off-the-shelf solution for launching and controlling jobs on the cluster.

"Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 represents a breakthrough in bringing high-performance computing into the mainstream of CAE," said Ferit Boysan, vice president and general manager at ANSYS, Inc. "Many customers are already using Microsoft Windows, and an easily deployed cluster solution that integrates with their current environment and skill-set allows them to increase the value they derive from simulation. We see great scaling on clusters using Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003, so customers can dramatically reduce the time spent waiting for engineering insight."

Using Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 on an HP ProLiant cluster, ANSYS, Inc. recently solved a 100 million-degree-of-freedom structural analysis problem to validate its commercial robustness. "Before 64-bit- enabled Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003, our customers would need a shared memory machine or Linux cluster to solve 100 million-degree-of-freedom models and beyond. It's very exciting to deliver this type of performance with Microsoft Job Scheduler integrated with ANSYS® Workbench(TM) to our customers," said Mike Wheeler, vice president and general manager at ANSYS, Inc.

"We believe cost and complexity shouldn't be barriers to innovation and discovery," said Kyril Faenov, director of high-performance computing at Microsoft Corp. "We are pleased to be working with ANSYS to offer HPC solutions that are easier to deploy, operate and integrate with existing infrastructure and tools."

About ANSYS, Inc.

ANSYS, Inc., founded in 1970, develops and globally markets engineering simulation software and technologies widely used by engineers and designers across a broad spectrum of industries. The Company focuses on the development of open and flexible solutions that enable users to analyze designs directly on the desktop, providing a common platform for fast, efficient and cost- conscious product development, from design concept to final-stage testing and validation. The Company and its global network of channel partners provide sales, support and training for customers. Headquartered in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., with more than 40 strategic sales locations throughout the world, ANSYS, Inc. and its subsidiaries employ approximately 1,400 people and distribute ANSYS products through a network of channel partners in over 40 countries. Visit for more information.

About Fluent Inc.

Fluent Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of ANSYS, Inc., the world's largest provider of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software and consulting services. Fluent software is used for simulation, visualization and prediction of fluid flow, heat and mass transfer and chemical reactions. It is a vital part of the computer-aided engineering (CAE) process for companies around the world and is deployed in nearly every manufacturing industry. Using Fluent software, product development, design and research engineers build virtual prototypes and simulate the performance of proposed and existing designs, allowing them to improve design quality while reducing cost and speeding time to market.

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