Elizabeth Montalbano at Infoworld:
Microsoft Corp. will tout its version of Windows for high-performance computing at the Supercomputing 2005 show next week in Seattle, but observers said the company faces a considerable challenge in selling the OS for compute-intensive environments already dominated by Unix.
Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates will keynote at the show on Tuesday to reinforce Windows’ position as a platform for large compute clusters. Microsoft is planning to ship an OS tuned for high-performance environments, Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003, as soon as January, according to sources familiar with the company’s plans.
Microsoft originally hoped the OS would be available in time for the show next week, but plans were pushed back earlier this year. Bob Muglia, senior vice president of the Windows server division at Microsoft, unveiled the first beta of Windows Server 2003 Compute Cluster Edition in September at Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference, and said the full release would be available in the first half of 2006.