A Windows for every occasion
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.