High-performance computing from Microsoft can help your scientists and researchers unlock new insights faster with a platform that is familiar and easy to use and doesn't require expensive hardware.
Power and agility
Research that requires computers to run heavy processing workloads such as modeling, molecular simulation, advanced mathematics, and computational chemistry can use the power of Microsoft 64-bit Windows HPC Server 2008. In addition to getting the computing power your researchers need, you get a familiar interface and tools to help you customise, deploy, manage, and integrate with your existing ICT infrastructure.
Realise the benefits of high-performance computing
Built on the 64-bit Windows HPC Server 2008 platform, Microsoft high-performance computing helps you achieve:
- Faster research results. Increase your computing power and help remove roadblocks between you and the insights your research is targeting. With an architecture that directly bypasses operating system and TCP/IP overhead, NetworkDirect, the new remote direct memory access (RDMA) interface from Microsoft for high-speed, low-latency networks, achieves better performance through more efficient use of processor resources.
- Enhanced productivity. Accomplish more in less time and with less effort by using a platform that looks and works in a way that is familiar to people who use the Microsoft Office system and other Microsoft software.
- Performance that grows with your needs. When you build on the Windows HPC Server 2008 platform, you can efficiently scale to thousands of processing cores and take advantage of management tools that help your systems administrators proactively monitor system health and maintain system stability.
- A flexible and future-ready platform. Reduce the complexity of integrating with existing clusters by using the HPC Pack Job Scheduler, which supports industry standards, such as Open Grid Forum (OGF) HPC Profile for job scheduler interoperability. The Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications (SUA) integrates applications to maximise existing investments while extending UNIX-based and LINUX-based applications to Windows-based systems.
- Fast deployment. Set up and configure your system using templates that allow an HPC administrator to create standardised system images or apply patches that can be consistently deployed across the cluster.
- A system that runs smoothly. Use built-in diagnostic tools to quickly identify and diagnose hardware, software, or network problems across the cluster. The combination of Windows Failover Services and SQL Server database clustering provides head node redundancy in the event of a hardware failure. Additional capabilities, such as automatic handling of routine and redundant tasks and intelligent reporting and monitoring, are possible through the use of System Center Operations Manager 2007.