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Software Developer Sees Huge Business Opportunity With Parallel Computing

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Executive Summary

Microsoft Registered Partner COMSOL develops software solutions for engineers and research scientists to use for modeling and simulating product designs. Its flagship product COMSOL Multiphysics is a simulation environment that facilitates all steps in the computer modeling process, from defining geometry through visualizing results. In keeping with its tradition of developing intuitive software, the company placed ease of use at the top of its list of product requirements when it began work on a new version of COMSOL Multiphysics. Many researchers - and IT staffers - are more comfortable with HPC and parallelism when it is part of a familiar Windows environment. The company successfully developed COMSOL Multiphysics version 4.0 using the Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition development system and released it in April 2010. COMSOL views the release of its software for Windows HPC Server 2008 as an important step forward for the research community. The other benefits include - Significant business opportunity, Partner support, Ease of use and Easier IT management. Most midsize companies don't have the specialized IT staff necessary to manage a Linux cluster, and this way they don't have to hire someone to handle just that aspect of their infrastructure. In COMSOL's experience, customers who run COMSOL software on Windows HPC Server 2008 can spend more time solving engineering problems and less time dealing with underlying computer issues.

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