Reuse your Existing Investments:
With Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Suite you can extend your investments:
In Windows Azure: : Windows Azure is a public cloud-computing platform that offers on-demand, pay-as-you-go, access to highly scalable compute and storage resources. It relieves customers from the burden of having to maintain their own infrastructure in their own data centers. Windows HPC Server R2 enables HPC jobs to be executed in Windows Azure i.e. you can use the computers running in a Windows Azure data center as “compute nodes” of your HPC cluster. You on-premise HPC applications can run unchanged in Windows Azure. Further, you have the choice of running your computation completely in Windows Azure, completely in your on-premise cluster or spread across both.
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In existing Linux clusters: Microsoft has partnered with Platform and Adaptive Computing to offer a dynamic dual-boot solution that enables you to run Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 applications on your existing Linux clusters. Based on load, dynamic dual-booting automatically changes the number of nodes in a cluster than run Linux.
Customers who have taken advantage of this feature include: BMW, Rocky Mountain Supercomputing Center, King Fahd, University of Cambridge, Institute of Geology China Earthquake Administration, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, NCSA, Darsbury Laboratory and Umea University
For example a popular use of the Windows HPC cluster supercomputer at Rocky Mountain Supercomputing center is processing Microsoft Office Excel spreadsheets. One RMSC energy customer dumped reams of meter-reading data into a huge Office Excel spreadsheet and used RMSC resources to process it. With near-real-time insights into which customers are using how much energy, the company can perform predictive analysis about energy demands and proactively change its distribution network to accommodate higher energy needs in certain areas.
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In SharePoint: Integration with SharePoint provides end users with a rich, intuitive browser-based interface to Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Suite. Among other things end users can submit and monitor the the status of jobs through SharePoint without having to learn about the Windows HPC Server Cluster Manager tool or scripting languages.
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In Windows Server: Windows Server is the most widely user server operating system across a variety of workloads. The HPC edition is based on the same code base as Windows Server 2008 and, as such, existing Windows Server experts can be easily transition to HPC work. Further, Windows HPC Server 2008 integrates with your existing windows-based infrastructure including Active Directory, File and Print Servers, SQL Server, Systems Center etc. Integration with existing IT infrastructure enables many highly desired end user requirements such as single sign-on, remote access.
Pustan University and Grove College are among the many customers who switched from Linux to Windows to leverage their existing in-house expertise in Windows technologies.