I doubt that Windows is the first operating system that one would think of when building a supercomputer.
With the release of the latest TOP500 supercomputer list it's clear that I am not alone in this perception. The total number of systems using Windows is 6 and charting that data by performance is even more damning — Windows gets heaped into the "Others" column.
Obviously wanting to improve on these stats, Microsoft has released a beta of its Windows HPC Server 2008, which is based on Windows Server 2008 and replaces Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003. Final release is due in the later half of 2008.
Kyril Faenov, general manager of HPC at Microsoft, said: "By upgrading to Windows HPC Server 2008 on our 2,048-core production test cluster, we increased the LINPACK performance by 30 percent". LINPACK is the industry benchmarking software and it is a sensible proposition to test against it.
This next quote from Faenov does not seem quite so sensible: "Windows HPC Server 2008 enables support for high-throughput SOA applications with its advanced Web service routing capability and paves the way for bringing HPC capabilities to a broad range of enterprise applications."
So there are enterprises willing to stash a 2000+ node server in the basement for service based applications? Crikey!
Suddenly those 6 machines in the top 500 make even less sense.
Some would say that it is a long way from software engineering to journalism, others would correctly argue that it is a mere 10 metres according to the floor plan.During his first five years with CBS Interactive, Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining the company as a programmer.Leaving CBS Interactive in 2010 to follow his deep desire to study the snowdrifts and culinary delights of Canada, Chris based himself in Vancouver and paid for his new snowboarding and poutine cravings as a programmer for a lifestyle gaming startup.Chris returns to CBS in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia determined to meld together his programming and journalistic tendencies once and for all.In his free time, Chris is often seen yelling at different operating systems for their own unique failures, avoiding the dreaded tech support calls from relatives, and conducting extensive studies of internets — he claims he once read an entire one.