Microsoft Rolls Out Upgraded HPC Software

Microsoft has launched a version of its high performance computing product, Windows HPC Server 2008 R2, Monday, along with a number of its partners. According to Microsoft, the server software is targeted at technical computing in business, academia, and government, and adds features such as connectivity into Active Directory, SharePoint Server, Microsoft System Center and Microsoft Office. Among features included in the release, the firm said it now supports Excel 2010, offloading calculation times in the software by "orders of magnitude." Microsoft claims its Windows HPC server is 32 percent to 51 percent less expensive than Linux-based HPC systems, over five years.