Gates to unveil supercomputing strategy

Microsoft chief software architect Bill Gates will use this week’s supercomputing show in Seattle, Washington, to explain how the company will enter the supercomputing market.

Microsoft chief software architect Bill Gates will use this week’s supercomputing show in Seattle, Washington, to explain how the company will enter the supercomputing market.

Although Microsoft’s first operating system for supercomputing clustering remains in beta, the company is keen to take advantage of a growing market for clustered server platforms aimed at the enterprise market.

Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and others are all looking to capture a share of the market that is moving out of the science lab and university and into the enterprise, as the need for ever-higher computer processing increases.

At the same show for instance, Linux Networx, which makes supercomputers made from clusters of Linux machines, unveiled its new LS-1 platform.

The company is aiming the LS-1 at potential customers who have never owned a clustered product before and have so far been put off by the belief that such a platform is too complicated to manage.

Gates is expected to announce that Microsoft has started to test the Beta 2 of its Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003. The product includes software for job scheduling and other tasks.

Windows Compute Cluster Server is expected to ship in the first half of 2006.

Although Linux is enjoying increasing popularity in the academic world when it comes to high-end clustering, Gates will tell his audience that a clustered Windows platform will integrate much more easily with existing Windows-based enterprise platforms.

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