Who says Windows isn’t comparable to Linux on a supercomputer? A beta version of Microsoft’s Windows HPC Server 2008 recently came online at a supercomputer built and maintained in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois and ranked No. 23 in the world with a problem-solving performance of 68.5 teraflops. Eweek.com reports that “it runs on commodity hardware and reported 77.7 percent application efficiency on 9,472 cores, making this facility one of the most powerful supercomputing systems in the world and the fastest Windows cluster to date”. They go on to say that when they deployed Windows HPC on over 1,000 nodes, they went from bare metal to running the Linpack benchmark programs in just four hours.
Microsoft has announced that the release candidate version of Windows HPC Server 2008 will be available for download sometime during the last week of June.