Byteandswitch.com: Microsoft today took the wraps off its new Windows Computer Cluster Server product, designed to drive high-end clustering out of research labs and into mainstream enterprises.
The software is Microsoft's first foray into the high-performance computing (HPC) market. The aim? To lay a foundation for data-intensive applications running across clusters of server and storage hardware.
Cornell University is already using Microsoft's new product in its Computational Biology unit. Ron Elber, a professor in the University's department of computer science, told Byte and Switch that the software is currently scheduling and running around 20 bioinformatic applications on Dell clusters. "Microsoft is providing the underlying operating system," he says.