Microsoft will sell a version of Windows for high-performance computing–a niche in which rival Linux is blossoming–with a first version planned for the second half of 2005. The Windows Server 2003 HPC Edition will include features for running windows on clusters of machines interconnected by a high-speed network to form a single computing resource. It has enlisted support for the new version from several major companies, including IBM, Dell, HP, AMD and Intel. Microsoft hopes that its new Windows version will make it easy to manage clusters and to develop software for them. It also promises “a secure…platform with high performance and low total cost of ownership.”

Microsoft will sell a version of Windows for high-performance computing–a niche in which rival Linux is blossoming–with a first version planned for the second half of 2005. The Windows Server 2003 HPC Edition will include features for running windows on clusters of machines interconnected by a high-speed network to form a single computing resource. It has enlisted support for the new version from several major companies, including IBM, Dell, HP, AMD and Intel. Microsoft hopes that its new Windows version will make it easy to manage clusters and to develop software for them. It also promises “a secure…platform with high performance and low total cost of ownership.”