Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th Jun 2006 13:43 UTC, submitted by Neal Freemen
Windows Microsoft has taken another step in its effort to bring Windows in the world of supercomputing, having finished development of its computer cluster operating system. It has finalized the code for Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003, which is designed to allow multiple servers to work together to handle high-performance computing (HPC) tasks. Such work, long handled by systems from SGI and Cray, has increasingly been tackled by Linux clusters, though Microsoft has been planning its entry for some time.
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It sounds interesting to me. I'm the "computer & network responsible" for a small school. At any given time, we've got maybe twenty computers running. Most workstations aren't at full CPU utilization the whole time.

Say one of the students wants to listen to MP3's, download stuff on bittorrent, photoshop some images, browse the web, and make an OpenOffice Impress presentation at the same time. She's using a Celeron 400 machine. On the other hand, I'm just typing a document on my dual core Athlon. It would be much more efficient if some of the tasks running on her PII could be migrated over the my under-utilized Athlon. Things would be much quicker and nicer for her, and I wouldn't notice.

If the MS folks would produce a simple, easy to configure clustering system that would allow this (and then willing to donate some licenses to us) I'd be willing to check out their stuff. I think a lot of other home, schools, and small businesses might also be interested in this if it were explained well. I doubt it's going to happen, but it's an area that interests me a lot.

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