Microsoft released a new test of the next iteration of its Windows HPC (High-Performance Computing) Server, which is used by scientists and others with massive computational needs. Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Beta 2, as it's known, adds new features including integration with Windows 7 workstations. The final version is due out later this year. Here’s the quicklist of few new features: ·Scalability and performance – improved scalability, regularly testing on 1,000 node cluster in Microsoft Research—we plan to pursue Top500 runs that prove much greater scalability ·Simplified parallelism. HPC starts with parallel code, so my team is particularly excited about next week’s Visual Studio 2010 launch. ·Excel integration and ease of use. Top systems integrators and consultants like Wipro, Infusion and Grid Dynamics are now ready to help customers deploy and take advantage of HPC Services for Excel 2010 ·Interoperability options – have started collaborating with industry-leading HPC management companies like Adaptive Computing, Clustercorp and Platform Computing to enable hybrid options where Windows HPC Server and Linux work together. Whether it’s a dual boot or dynamic cluster, hybrid options help organizations get more out of HPC investments and provide broader access to HPC resources.
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