[Beowulf] How Can Microsoft's HPC Server Succeed?
james.p.lux at jpl.nasa.gov
Fri Apr 4 06:06:22 PDT 2008
Quoting Mark Hahn <hahn at mcmaster.ca>, on Thu 03 Apr 2008 02:04:20 PM PDT:
>> are a Windows shop, and thus the cost of hiring or training staff
>> would more than outweigh any savings on licenses.
> this is absurd! buying a windows cluster just means that the new
> cluster admins you need to hire or train will now labor under the
> dark-age infrastructure of windows rather than *nix. it's not as if
> any existing windows desktop or server admins will have mad mpi skilz...
OTOH, the suggestion was that this is basically a "turn-key" cluster
with an application pre-installed. No MPI skills needed. Basically,
it's just another faster computer. (Which is what companies like
Orion MultiSystems were/are targeting.. a faster box under the desk)
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