<div>MS WIn3.11 was a GUI application on top of a small, reliable OS (DOS). Since then, however, MS has integrated the OS with the GUI, which is awkward for developing interprocess communication and booting light kernels. Since XP, there is further integration of the OS with licencing and security material, which can't be stripped off without comprimising some big MS concerns. Basically, Unix was designed to be a development environment; VMS was designed for safe and efficient DP; MS was designed for marketing (and arguably, an easier end-user experience). The main reason I know of to use MS for a server is to commoditize MS-certified admins, who are cheaper than RGB is. Even IBM uses a zillion instances of Linux over VMWare on a 390 to make a web farm.
<div>I'd be interested in a benchmark comparison of MS cluster vs linux cluster, but I pause at wondering who would bother. Of course I'd merely expect that the OS would be too big to make sense on a compute node; I'm told that Vista has an efficient kernel, but if MS stripped off the layers people would just make 1-node "clusters" to get around the licensing material, which would be counterproductive to MS. But suppose someone wanted to do a test to find out (instead of merely assuming). If the result came out well for MS, I'd want to be paid by MS; they exist for marketing, they are richer than Croesus, it would be foolish to do anything for them for free. But that would impugn objectivity. And if the result were poor for MS, nobody would care because that's our expectations (pardon me for speaking for others). So I just don't see that anyone at all is motivated to do an objective comparison.
<div>But I'd be very interested anyway in an honest attempt, if you hear of one.</div>
<div><span class="gmail_quote">On 4/1/07, <b class="gmail_sendername">amjad ali</b> <<a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a>> wrote:</span>
<blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="PADDING-LEFT: 1ex; MARGIN: 0px 0px 0px 0.8ex; BORDER-LEFT: #ccc 1px solid">Hi All,<br><br>Would any of you please like to share usage-experience/views/comments<br>about Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 based Beowulf Clusters?
<br><br>What in your opinion is the future of such clusters?<br><br>How you compare these with the LINUX CLUSTERS?<br><br>regards.<br>_______________________________________________<br>Beowulf mailing list, <a href="mailto:Beowulf@beowulf.org">
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