On Monday while the exhibit floor was still under construction I stopped by Microsoft’s booth, recorder in hand, to talk with Kyril Faenov, General Manager of Microsoft’s Technical Computing Group. It was an interesting chance to talk not only about the beta release of the latest version of Microsoft HPC Server, but also to get a walk-through of Microsoft’s strategy for HPC — from the desktop to Top10 systems and everything in between — including a petascale GPU system that the company is helping to deploy in the near future.
In the interview Kyril does touch on new software that Microsoft is announcing from the show
Today at Supercomputing 2009, Microsoft Corp. announced the immediate availability of betas for Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 and distributed Microsoft Office Excel 2010 for the cluster. Together with the recently announced Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Beta, which helps simplify parallel programming, these advances make it possible for more users to access supercomputing power through familiar technologies and tools such as Microsoft Office Excel, Windows Server and Visual Studio.
More on these announcements in the release linked above.