SGI to ship Altix with M$oft CCS

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This morning SGI and Microsoft announced that SGI would begin shipping Altix Xeon systems with Compute Cluster Server 2003 as the OS:

…SGI (Nasdaq: SGICNews) and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFTNews) today announced that SGI will offer Microsoft® Windows® Compute Cluster Server 2003 on SGI® Altix® XE cluster systems based on quad-core and dual-core Intel® Xeon® processors. SGI Altix XE cluster systems with Windows Compute Cluster Server will be available beginning in March 2007.

Microsoft’s own marketing positions CCS as the path to supercomputing for non-supercomputing people, and SGI is evidently anticipating that this path may yield profits on the low end, a part of the market they haven’t traditionally been strong in. SGI joins Bull, Tyan, and HP in offering clusters based on CCS.


  1. […] There has been a constant background hype around Microsoft’s Compute Cluster Server 2003 since SC’06, and yesterday’s announcement from SGI got me to thinking about the Microsoft strategy again. I am all for trying whatever it takes to get more people using HPC. And anything new takes a while to adopt. All good. […]