Traditionally, because of consumer perception, the business models proprietary vs. open source software, Microsoft‘s own position in relation to the open source community and companies, Windows and Linux are interpreted as situated at opposite poles of the operating system spectrum. Yet there are multiple facets to both platforms, spreading from the server to the desktop and to supercomputers. And while the Redmond company has teamed up with Linux distributor Novell, in order to build an interoperability bridge between Windows and Linux on the server side, Microsoft is also making efforts to place its operating system as an alternative to the open source platform on the high performance computing market.
At the beginning of November 2007, Microsoft made available Windows HPC Server 2008, the successor of Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003. The latest Microsoft operating system for the high performance computing market plays well with Linux, as Microsoft revealed. The Redmond company published a whitepaper designed to permit the building of a dual-boot Linux / Windows HPC Server 2008 System. But Windows HPC Server 2008 is not enough for Microsoft. A new resource dropped in January 2008 offers a way to integrate Windows Compute Cluster Server into a Linux Environment through Platform LSF.
“The integration of WCCS into the Linux SUSE environment enables users to submit jobs to the Platform LSF scheduler for execution on WCCS. When a job is submitted to the Platform LSF scheduler’s WCCS queue on Linux, it is transferred to the Platform LSF installation on Windows Compute Cluster Server. The Platform LSF installation running on WCCS then authenticates the user and runs the job using that user