[Beowulf] Win64 Clusters!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ryan Waite ryanw at windows.microsoft.com
Mon Apr 2 21:02:06 PDT 2007

Yeah, that marketing slogan wasn't too great since it sounds like we're
solely taking HPC mainstream. Ouch. Of course, that isn't the case. 

Where would people on this list place the credit for HPC going
mainstream? If I had to pick one source, which is unfair to do, it would
be the rich array of applications that exist, from BLAST to Fluent, from
Ganglia to LSF, from PERL to Matlab.

Thanks for the feature requests, Joe.

Ryan Waite
Group Program Manager - HPC
Microsoft Corporation
ryanw at microsoft.com

-----Original Message-----
From: beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org [mailto:beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org]
On Behalf Of Joe Landman
Sent: Monday, April 02, 2007 12:07 PM
To: Douglas Eadline
Cc: Erik Paulson; beowulf at beowulf.org
Subject: Re: [Beowulf] Win64 Clusters!!!!!!!!!!!!

Douglas Eadline wrote:

> I believe that if we do not protect against revisionist history, then


you mean like how now with WCCS2k+3 clustering and HPC is *now* 
(suddenly magically spontaneously) "mainstream" ?

This is just something I personally take issue with.  The entire 
explosive growth of clustering has driven HPC hard into the mainstream. 
  This happened long before it was a glimmer in their eyes.  6+ years of

explosive growth, going from noise in the statistics to dominating the 
statistics.  Then along they came with WCCS2k+3.

Their entry is late into the cycle.  And if you listen to the comments 
of the senior execs, it makes one wonder how committed they are to HPC 
and clusters as compared to how committed they are to battling Linux.

This is not to diminish their efforts.  WCCS2k+3 is likely reasonably 
good for some subset of groups.  Microsoft has some good people there, 
and playing with the W2k+3 x64 on our JackRabbit unit was fun.  They 
still need a real POSIX subsystem, and hopefully, someday, they will 
give in, and get cygwin or mingw to be fully supported/shipping using 
their compilers/tools.

Though I expect to see airborn and stable flight from porcine critters 
about the same time.  Too bad, as that would likely ease 
adoption/porting issues.  Tremendously.


Joseph Landman, Ph.D
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