Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 is Done and Ready

Microsoft has a new operating system. Today during the keynote address at the High Performance Computing Financial Markets Conference, Microsoft announced the immediate availability of Windows HPC Server 2008 R2, its specialized operating system for supercomputers.

“This release of Windows HPC server is a key step in our long-term goal to make the power of technical computing accessible to a broader set of customers, with capabilities across the desktop, servers and the cloud,” said Bill Hilf, general manager, Microsoft Technical Computing Group. “Customers in all industries can use Windows HPC Server as a foundation for building and running simulations that model the world around us, speeding discovery and helping to make better decisions.”

Windows HPC Server clusters to run a wide variety of mission-critical applications, from simulating financial markets to fighting disease to building next-generation vehicles.

While Linux rules the server market that Windows HPC Server is in, Microsoft cites benchmarks that shows that its own OS's performance equals that of Linux. Furthermore, Microsoft claims that Windows HPC Server is 32 percent to 51 percent less expensive than Linux-based HPC systems over five years.

AMD was quick out the gate with a blog post talking about how great its Opterons work with Windows HPC Server 2008 R2.

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  • willgart
    Good move, I need one at home ;)
  • Stifle
    Those using server farms for simulation running generally write their own code / Linux kernels don't they?
  • Wheat_Thins
    stifleThose using server farms for simulation running generally write their own code / Linux kernels don't they?

    Not really, sure they might patch the kernel to accept some bleeding edge hardware but other then that the defacto standard in HPC is Perceus which is open source and by that nature free of charge. I find it hard to believe (unless you don't have linux admins) that free software that is very easy to use if you have been in the linux environment for 5+ years and are comfortable with linux is more expensive then a product that costs money. Would love to see the number magic they are using to back up this statement. If you don't have anybody in your organization that is comfortable in the linux environment you can purchase support from the Perceus team to help you set up and maintain your HPC clusters so maybe that is where they are trying to pose its cheaper over five years?