Microsoft Releases Computational Cluster Technical Preview Toolkit

Jim Snider jgs at
Wed Feb 14 08:38:48 PST 2001

Good points Bill...given Cray's recent announcement of our
entry into the cluster market (for the second time...don't
forget the Cray T3E, arguably the most powerful and robust 
cluster on the planet) we at Cray certainly welcome the
competition and exposure of clusters to the public etherways.
May the best solution prevail!

Jim Snider
Cray Inc.
SuperCluster SW Development Manager

Bill Rankin wrote:
> > From: "Mattson, Timothy G" <timothy.g.mattson at>
> >
> > Please try not to be so negative.  I was involved with producing the
> > "microsoft clustering solution", and I assure you, its much
> > more than you
> > suggested.
> [snip]
> Hey Tim,
> Fight the good fight, man!  I know how it can be trying to make
> progress and build a case for development in an area that your
> company has traditionally not pursued.  IMHO, the more awareness
> by the public of beowulf-style computing, the better.  A little
> competition keeps everyone honest. :-)
> And speaking of which, just for the sake of honesty and integrity,
> please take a large stick, go find out who at MS wrote:
> > from
> >
> > "Until recently, most clustered computers ran UNIX or proprietary
> > operating systems on proprietary hardware. Microsoft changed all
> > that with Windows(r) 2000, the de facto industry-standard operating
> > system. Now anyone with massive computing needs can create
> > clusters using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) PCs and a
> > shrink-wrapped version of Windows 2000. "
> and *whack* them across their head a few times on behalf of all the
> people who have fought and struggled over the last 10-15 years to make
> real distributed computing what it is today.
> I know you probably take some ribbing from members of this group about
> your employer, but realize that our opinions of MS have grown out of
> repeatedly reading statement like the above.
> Thank you,
> -bill
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