[Beowulf] How Can Microsoft's HPC Server Succeed?
toon at moene.indiv.nluug.nl
Fri Apr 4 06:14:56 PDT 2008
Jon Forrest wrote:
> But, the question remains. How can Microsoft compete with free?
> How much better will they have to be than standard Linux
> clusters before they get any mainstream interest? What technical
> features could they add that couldn't be added to a Linux
By becoming as good as Intel's Fortran compiler (when compared to
Granted, ifort is free for non-commercial work, but all others pay cash.
Yet I have to see one instance where the ifort development group set up
"gut the facts" campaigns or tries to buy governments to not use
gfortran or g95.
I know the head of the group personally (via the Fortran Standardization
Committee J3). He asks intelligent questions, like "my people are told
that gfortran supports feature X of Fortran 2003, while we don't - is
that true", instead of bamboozling me with misinformation, fear,
uncertainty and doubt.
Who knows, perhaps one day Microsoft will learn that to be in the
software business, instead of being an abusive monopolist, means to
write good software.
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