Microsoft's introduction of HPC Server 2008 offers additional capabilities that will allow more enterprises to create high performance computing (HPC) environments. This introduction focuses much more on integration into existing business data centers and much less on traditional HPC environments.

The enhancements for this version of Microsoft's HPC product include:

  • Integration with existing infrastructure.
  • Simplified cluster management.
  • Additional support for multi-threaded applications.
  • Improved job scheduling and application submission.

Overall, the biggest changes are focused on management and ease of use by end users of all types. Those changes, combined with additional application and ISV support, make Microsoft HPC Server 2008 worth considering for Microsoft-centric data centers.

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