The server software, built to scale to thousands of cores, also includes a high-speed NetworkDirect RDMA, Microsoft's new remote direct memory access interface, and cluster interoperability through standards such as the High Performance Computing Basic Profile specification produced by the Open Grid Forum. The server features high-speed networking, cluster management tools, advanced failover capabilities and support for third-party clustered file systems.
"HPC is no longer a niche either in terms of hardware platform or in terms of pervasiveness," Illuminata's Haff says. "For the most part, it is using volume hardware and is being applied to all kinds of problems in all kinds of companies and organizations."
It is that trend that Microsoft is betting on.
"We can take people's apps on Windows workstations and automatically scale those apps with supercomputer capabilities on the back end," Microsoft's Waite says. "When you pull all those pieces together in an integrated fashion, HPC becomes easier to use."
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