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Altair Engineering Acquires ACUSIM Software, 1 in a Series

By DE Editors

Altair Engineering, Inc. has acquired ACUSIM Software, Inc. (ACUSIM). Founded in 1994 and headquartered in Mountain View, CA, ACUSIM is a developer of massively scalable, high-fidelity computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solver solutions. ACUSIM’s CFD technology and staff will be incorporated into Altair’s HyperWorks computer-aided engineering (CAE) software portfolio and operations.

ACUSIM’s AcuSolve, a general purpose CFD solver, is finite-element based, allowing it to be tightly integrated with other FEA-based technologies to solve complex fluid-structure interaction and multi-physics problems. 

“The acquisition by Altair is a perfect complement to our CFD product offerings and vision,” says Dr. Farzin Shakib, founder and chief executive officer of ACUSIM Software. “Altair’s strength as a leader in pre- and post-processing, CAE solvers and optimization technologies opens new opportunities to apply AcuSolve to a broader class of problems and markets.”

Altair will ramp up technical and customer support for ACUSIM products throughout its global operations. In addition, Altair and ACUSIM have a number of mutual customers who will benefit from a higher level of technology integration and crossover software applications.

ACUSIM technologies will be made available through Altair’s HyperWorks simulation platform and patented units-based licensing system. As a result, customers will be able to immediately access all software titles offered by Altair.

“With the addition of ACUSIM’s CFD technologies and their integration into the HyperWorks product lineup, Altair has the most complete high-end solution offering in the mechanical CAE market,” says James R. Scapa, chairman and CEO of Altair Engineering. “We extensively benchmarked many CFD technologies and found AcuSolve to be a best-in-class CFD solution, especially for transient flow and fluid-structure interaction. We are very enthusiastic about this acquisition and the CFD expertise and technology it brings to automate the CFD user experience and broaden the solution scope available to our mutual customers.”

Product development roadmaps are already under way to integrate AcuSolve with Altair’s RADIOSS solver and optimization tools, OptiStruct and HyperStudy.

ACUSIM will continue to operate from its California facility.

ACUSIM’s technologies will be showcased at Altair’s 2011 Americas HyperWorks Technology Conference taking place at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando on June 22-23.

For more information, visit Altair and ACUSIM.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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