Windows HPC

Alex Birch kes_birch at
Tue Aug 6 08:52:12 PDT 2002

Will this version of Windows come with IE as part of
the kernel?

--- Paul Redfern <red at> wrote:
> FYI .
> Cornell Joins Forces with Dell, Intel, and Microsoft
> to Expand Usage of
> High Performance Cluster Computing in the Corporate
> Data Center
> Aug. 5, 2002 - Cornell Theory Center (CTC) today
> announced an agreement
> with Dell, Intel, and Microsoft to develop and
> deliver CTC
> High-Performance Solutions, a suite of industry
> standards-based
> high-performance computing (HPC) solutions and
> services for business,
> government and academic clients. The agreement
> provides $60 million
> worth of resources over the next four years to aid
> in solutions
> development.
> CTC High-Performance Solutions will be based on Dell
> PowerEdge servers;
> IntelR XeonT and ItaniumR family processors and
> tools; and running
> Microsoft Server software. This combination is
> designed to provide
> customers with the performance and availability once
> only achieved by
> proprietary supercomputers at a fraction of the
> price. CTC will double
> the size of its existing 425-server Dell, Intel and
> Windows-based HPC
> clusters as a result of this agreement. With the
> standards-based
> technologies in CTC's clusters, it can provide users
> with documented
> high performance, reliability and security while
> functioning at
> significantly reduced total cost of ownership when
> compared to the
> proprietary supercomputer CTC previously used. 
> HPC clustering has been successfully used in
> university and research
> environments for years to solve complex problems,
> but also has many
> practical applications for business such as scalable
> online transaction
> processing with Web clients, decision support
> systems, engineering
> design and analysis, bioinformatics and more. CTC
> High-Performance
> Solutions will apply its Windows HPC expertise to
> accelerate the
> deployment and scale out of Windows-based IT
> infrastructure in the
> private sector. 
> CTC High-Performance Solutions will develop robust
> Windows HPC solution
> stacks for broad industry deployment, and will
> include HPC services such
> as UNIX to Windows code porting, optimization, and
> porting to parallel
> environments; systems planning and integration;
> systems and applications
> training and testing; benchmarking. CTC will also
> offer high-performance
> Web services based on Microsoft's .NET software and
> SQL Server. CTC's
> TechExchange Consortium will provide members with
> more immediate access
> to IT technologies and will help drive the evolution
> of Windows HPC. 
> In addition, CTC will establish a technology
> showcase for
> proof-of-concept applications for HPCC in the
> financial district of New
> York City. This facility will be linked to related
> activities in CTC's
> Ithaca, N.Y., laboratories and will serve as the
> setting for customers
> to pilot projects. 
> "Establishment of CTC High-Performance Solutions
> comes at a time when
> all sectors of the economy face increasing
> competition, pressure on
> margins, and the need to demonstrate strong and
> quick returns on
> investment," said Thomas F. Coleman, CTC director
> and Cornell computer
> scientist. "With our expanded relationships and
> combined strengths, we
> can show companies, government agencies, and
> academic institutions how
> to expand their technical computing environment,
> while reducing their
> overall IT budget. They can take their existing
> expensive, proprietary
> systems, which are often islands of performance
> requiring extra systems
> staff, and replace them with a more flexible,
> scale-out clustered
> environment that is expandable and that fits in the
> overall
> Windows-based office environment." 
> "Cornell Theory Center is playing an important
> leadership role in
> Windows Server-based high-performance computing,"
> said Brian Valentine,
> Microsoft Senior Vice President, Windows Division.
> "They were first to
> move completely to Windows for HPC. They have shown
> that it works in the
> most demanding settings. And they will be
> instrumental in moving HPC out
> of the research environment and into the mainstream
> industry. As we work
> together with CTC, Dell, and Intel, the efforts
> coming out of this
> agreement will very clearly show Windows brings the
> highest value to
> high-performance computing applications and
> companies' business systems
> on an industry standards-based IT platform."
> "The flexibility, performance and cost-effectiveness
> of Dell PowerEdge
> servers with Intel technology is becoming more and
> more attractive to
> customers in research-intensive industries outside
> of the university,
> due in part to initiatives like CTC's Windows
> program," said Russ Holt,
> vice president of Dell's Enterprise Systems Group.
> "Through Dell's own
> HPCC program, we continue to see customers replacing
> legacy, proprietary
> systems with Intel-based HPC clusters." 
> "Intel continues to invest in HPC to propel the
> industry forward and
> drive innovation using Intel's volume economics
> model - delivering
> absolute performance, price/performance, flexibility
> and choice to
> enable supercomputing for the masses," said Mike
> Fister, senior vice
> president and general manager, Intel Enterprise
> Platforms Group. "Using
> the industry-leading floating point performance of
> the Intel Itanium 2
> processor and the world-class price/performance of
> the Intel Xeon
> processor, CTC High-Performance Solutions will help
> accelerate the
> migration of leading-edge computational research
> into the corporate data
> center of the future."
> "This tremendous investment by Dell, Intel and
> Microsoft in the Cornell
> Theory Center is a true vote of confidence in the
> intellectual power of
> one of our State's finest academic institutions,"
> said Governor Pataki.
> "Industry, university and government collaboration
> is critical to
> economic success in our State and throughout the
> nation, especially in
> the fast-paced world of information technology. This
> project is a prime
> example of how expertise at New York State's
> top-flight universities can
> help industry solve complex problems that will
> benefit all sectors,
> public and private." 
> For more information about CTC High-Performance
> Solutions, visit
> About the Cornell Theory Center
> CTC is a high-performance computing and
> interdisciplinary research
> center located on the Ithaca campus of Cornell
> University. CTC currently
> operates a Dell/Intel/Windows cluster complex
> consisting of more than
> 900 processors. Scientific and engineering projects
> supported by CTC
> represent a vast variety of disciplines, including
> bioinformatics,
> behavioral and social sciences, computer science,
> engineering,
> geosciences, mathematics, physical sciences, and
> business.
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