Thursday, June 08, 2006

Microsoft CCS takes on HPC

Microsoft's new platform for high performance computing is rumored to be launching officially tomorrow(ish).

Anachronistically named Microsoft Compute Cluster Server 2003 (because it is an extension on the Server 2003 product range), it supports job scheduling, MPI, MPICH and MS MPI messaging, active directories, and other goodies for setting up and running a cluster.

While a little late on the HPC scene, Microsoft appears to be taking it seriously. And while they do not succeed in everything that they do, you have to expect this to make a big impact in driving the accessibility of (relatively) low cost HPC to a wider audience.

Also significant is that it only supports 64bit hardware. How long before we expect that of a new software release?

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