[Beowulf] MS HPC... Oh dear...

Daniel Pasco dan at brainmurmurs.com
Mon Jun 12 10:26:08 PDT 2006

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I and several of my employees were present for Bill's keynote at  
SC05.  Afterwards one of our boys referred to it as "Microsoft  
Cluster F**K 2003"

'nuf said.

I suspect that this is going to be a typical Microsoft venture:  80%  
of what you want to do is trivial using their product.  20% of what  
you *need* to do will be impossible with their product, and there  
will be no way to extend or override their offering to get the  
functionality you require.

Nonetheless, I suspect that I will be doing a project for some  
customer based on this technology at some point in the future.  Sigh.

My two cents.
- -Dan

Daniel Pasco
Chief Engineer and Executive Vice President
Brain Murmurs, Incorporated
JIVA - Guerrilla Grid Computing

On Jun 11, 2006, at 6:20 PM, SIM DOG wrote:

> G'day all
> Sorry if this turns out to be a dupe post but MS has just released  
> their HPC clustering kit.
> http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/ccs/overview.mspx
> While I've tried to approach this with an open mind... it didn't  
> last long. I'll refer anyone to ClusterMonkey's article about why  
> Linux is a better platform for clustering.
> Maybe the equiv MS site should be called ClusterMoney? =)
> Whatever you do, don't read this article as the level of marketing- 
> speak and Ra Ra may well impede synapses firing... Cue the quote  
> from every CSI episode: "You just don't get it do you?!"
> http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml? 
> articleID=188703348&subSection=All+Stories
> Go Da Bird!
> Stevo
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