Windows HPC Server CTP 2 released

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The Windows HPC Server 2008 team has announced that the second community technical preview (CTP) is now available

Microsoft logoIt was almost exactly one year ago that we signed off on beta 2 of Windows HPC Server 2008 and today we made available the Community Technical Preview (CTP) of Windows HPC Server 2008 R2. Based on Windows Server 2008 R2, the CTP is a preliminary release, allowing an early preview of planned functionality for HPC Server 2008 R2.

In our labs, we’re up and running on Windows Server 2008 R2. We’re regularly running stress runs on Dan Reed’s 1000 node cluster in Microsoft Research, teasing out distributed admin issues with virtual machines that turn our own 540 node cluster into a 2000 node süper-cluster, and using solid state drives to identify database scalability issues. Later this year we’ll do some runs on huge (2000+ node) supercomputers.