Microsoft has made its Windows supercomputing operating system commercially available, to allow the company to compete against rival Linux and Unix systems in the high-performance processing market.
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With Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003, users can run server clusters in compute-intensive environments, such as those involving multiple simultaneous transactions or computations of large amounts of research data.
As its name suggests, there has been a big delay in getting Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 to market.
The system has been promoted at past supercomputer shows, but only now is Microsoft convinced that the supercomputer market is about to take off in enterprises, as they require ever more processing power.
Previously, such machines were the preserve of the government and educational research communities.
Microsoft is also now looking to tailor its Windows Server offerings to better support security and web-hosting requirements at companies – other areas it has lost ground on to Linux and Unix.
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