Sunday, May 21, 2006

Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003

Microsoft is closing in on RTM for Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003. According to Microsoft, it is imed to be complted by the "first half of this year and is still on target", cunning code for RTM in June barring any last minute hitches. Full release will be "in the Summer", apparently more code for August.

The Compute Cluster product is pretty cool, and shouuld bring super computing to the masses or to a mass anyway. It's as easy to install as Windows and you manage it like it like Windows box - complete with a MOM management pack. Oh, and it's as easy to use as Windows apps tend to be. Application development with VS integration makes applications easier although hardly easy to develop. And it all runs on commodity X64 or EM64T boxes. Charlie Russel has written a nice paper entitled Overview of Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 which tells you more about the product.

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