Microsoft has posted an update for Windows High Performance Computing (HPC) Server, allowing system operators to make better use of cloud computing platforms and parallel processing hardware for HPC applications.
Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 is aimed at traditional HPC markets such as financial analysis and scientific research and modelling operations.
The release offers improved integration with applications such as Excel. The
HPC Server version of the spreadsheet application can dramatically reduce the
time required to perform calculations on extremely large spreadsheet files,
HPC Server 2008 R2 can also use parallel computing technologies. Microsoft listed Intel and Nvidia as hardware partners that helped to develop the operating system to manage parallel processing of computing operations.
Microsoft said that it will soon release an update to allow HPC Server systems to deploy and manage Windows Azure within on-premise hardware.
Overall, the company believes that HPC Server will allow administrators to easily deploy and manage HPC clusters at costs equal to or better than Linux HPC systems.
"This release of Windows HPC Server is a key step in our long-term goal to make the power of technical computing accessible to a broader set of customers, with capabilities across the desktop, servers and the cloud," said Microsoft technical computing group general manager Bill Hilf.
"Customers in all industries can use Windows HPC Server as a foundation for building and running simulations that model the world around us, speeding discovery and helping to make better decisions."
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