A Windows for every occasion

— 10:08 AM on May 25, 2004

News comes that Microsoft is forming a high performance computing team, to find a new niche in the market it encircles with software for everything from wristwatches to high-volume datacenters. In high-performance clusters, Linux is already heavily favored because of its cost and management features, and the MS HPC team plans to enhance its OS to shatter the glass ceiling for Windows.

To address the issue of cost, Microsoft will make a limited-feature clustering edition of Windows Server, and to improve its remote management capability, the company will hire programmers to build a "graphical and script-based user interface for efficient job and resource management across large clusters" and an "automated infrastructure to uncover performance and reliability problems with high performance, large-scale server applications." With no deadline set for an HPC product release, your imagination about clusters running Windows is free to roam.

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