Making it possible for users to run applications in parallel without having to rewrite them is a move toward broadening the use of HPC technologies, Faenov said in an interview. That capability is a "first step in the much longer path for us to make parallelism easier," he said.
Microsoft has made improving parallelism one of its key HPC goals. For instance, the company is working to enable F#, a functional-programming language that eventually will be integrated into Visual Studio 2008, to be used for parallel development.
Microsoft, which issued a "feature-complete" beta version of HPC Server 2008 in June, said today that evaluation copies of the new software can be downloaded from its Web site. Last week, hardware vendor Cray said it was teaming up with Microsoft and Intel to offer a desktop supercomputer that runs HPC Server 2008 and starts at $25,000.
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