Microsoft has announced that it will soon begin shipping the Beta2 of its Windows High Performance Computing Server 2008 product. Beta2 was a big feature push for Microsoft as they strive to compete with several, well-vetted Linux competitors.
With Beta 2, we provide a highly available head node that integrates deployment, management, monitoring and diagnostics in a new user interface based on System Center’s ‘Microsoft’s systems management tools’ user interface framework,” wrote Ryan Waite, group program manager for Microsoft HPC, in a blog post on the Windows Server Division Weblog.
Since the initial Beta1 launch of WinHPC2008, Microsoft has done several tests on clusters of up to 1,000 nodes and fixed more than 1,000 bugs. So far, they are on track for a general release in the second half of 2008.
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