Microsoft is gone beyond the desktop “Windows and Linux dual boot scenarios” on to Supercomputers. Microsoft is proposing pushing Windows into the natural territory for open source, namely high performance computing. In this regard, the software giant published “A Hybrid OS Cluster Solution” whitepaper in June, designed to present Dual-Boot and Virtualization scenarios involving Windows HPC Server 2008 and Linux Bull Advanced Server for Xeon.
The documentation is authored by Dr. Patrice Calegari, HPC Application Specialist, BULL S.A.S., and Thomas Varlet, HPC Technology Solution Professional, Microsoft, is designed to act as nothing more than a proof of concept.
“The choice of the right operating system (OS) for a high performance computing (HPC) cluster can be a very difficult decision for IT departments. And this choice will usually have a big impact on the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of the cluster. Parameters like multiple user needs, application environment requirements and security policies are adding to the complex human factors included in training, maintenance and support planning, all leading to associated risks on the final return on investment (ROI) of the whole HPC infrastructure. The goal of this paper is to show that simple techniques are available today to make that choice unnecessary, and keep your HPC infrastructure versatile and flexible”, Microsoft revealed in the introduction of the whitepaper.