MS to try and steal Linux's HPC thunder?

Microsoft is considering moving into high-performance servers, in a move that might be just a successor to Windows Server Datacenter or might be aimed at directly challenging Linux on the server, depending who you believe.

Not content with delaying Longhorn to make it "as Linux and open-source unfriendly as humanly possible," as one critic has expressed it, Microsoft has apparently launched an effort to produce a version of Windows that could one day compete in that traditional Linux stronghold, HPC (high-performance computing) - such as the Thunder cluster of 512 Linux servers at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab.

There was no actual product to announce at this time, said an unnamed Microsoft spokeswoman, adding:

"Although Microsoft does not have anything to specifically announce right now, they are evaluating the best way to enhance and package HPC capabilities for customers, and the company has posted ads for jobs in this regard."

At the Microsoft Web site, at a page titled "High Performance Computing for Windows Server 2003," is the following statement:

"Some of the toughest computing challenges in the world are tackled and often solved by using high performance computing (HPC) clusters. Companies can now deploy clusters of servers running Windows Server 2003 to benefit from supercomputing power at a fraction of the cost. This site discusses Microsoft HPC solutions and demonstrates how Windows Server 2003 is the premier platform for customers seeking performance, scalability, and reliability."

Perhaps someone in Redmond liked the thought of one day stealing Linux's thunder by stealing "Thunder" from Linux?

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