SC07: Microsoft Corp just announced the public beta release of its Windows HPC Server 2008 operating system and toolset. HPC Server 2008 is the successor to Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 and is based on the next generation Windows 2008 Server platform. The key features in this release are high-speed networking tools, scalable cluster management tools, advanced failover capabilities, an SOA [service oriented architecture] job scheduler and support for partners’ clustered file systems.
With the new advancements, Windows HPC Server 2008 can allow customers to achieve the levels of scalability and performance of the most efficient clusters in the Top500 benchmark while making it dramatically more productive to deploy, utilize and integrate the advanced HPC clusters within their environment,” said Kyril Faenov, general manager of HPC at Microsoft.
Alongside this, Microsoft also announced the establishment of the Parallel Computing Initiative. The new program’s mission is to create a common set of development tools across multicore desktops and clusters.
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