Last week the Windows HPC team posted news on their community site that beta 2 of Windows HPC Server R2; this release follows the beta 1 release announced during SC09. The fine folks at NetworkWorld.com have some additional coverage of the release
Microsoft made a big splash in 2008 when a Windows HPC-based cluster in Shanghai made the 10th spot in the Top 500 list of the fastest supercomputers in the world, but the ranking has since fallen to 19th.
“With this new beta release, we anticipate other Top 500 runs,” says Vince Mendillo, a product marketing director in Microsoft’s high-performance computing group.
The second beta release takes advantage of customer feedback and test runs on a 1,000-node cluster at Microsoft Research. General availability is planned for the fall of this year.
That article also points out that Microsoft plans to release Visual Studio 2010 next week which will put into production a lot of the tools the company has been developing to support users writing their own codes. You can access the new download or join the beta program at connect.microsoft.com/HPC. A little more information about the release can be found in this blog post at Microsoft.