Windows Server 2008 For Parallel Computing Now In Beta
Microsoft released the first public beta of Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008, a server OS and tools designed for the fast-growing high-performance computing (HPC) market. Microsoft also established the Parallel Computing Initiative, a program creating a set of common development tools across multicore desktops and clusters.
Windows HPC Server 2008, the successor to Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003, is based on the Windows Server 2008 OS. Key features are new high-speed networking, efficient and scalable cluster management tools, advanced failover capabilities, a service oriented architecture (SOA) job scheduler, and support for partners’ clustered file systems.
The beta is now available for download at http://www.microsoft.com/hpc; the final version will be generally available in the second half of 2008.