Thursday, June 29, 2006
Q&A: Microsoft Flexes Muscle with the High-Performance Computing Community
Q&A: Microsoft Flexes Muscle with the High-Performance Computing Community: "One such collaboration is with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 served as the underlying operating system for a new HPC cluster that recently achieved 4.1 trillion computations per second (teraflops) on 896, 64-bit Intel Xeon processors. This result, arrived at by using Dell PowerEdge 1855 blade servers, Cisco Topspin InfiniBand switches and Force10 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) switches, was sufficient to place the system at 131st on the Top500 list. The cluster, named Lincoln, will serve strategic campus and state initiatives, with its peak performance approaching 6 teraflops."