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Microsoft to enter the Super Computer domain

by cpuKEN / January 24, 2006 9:18 PM PST

I was just listening to the 1/24/06 Buzz Out Loud podcast regarding this story. It makes perfect sense to me. This is Microsoft's only hope of having the bloated Windows OS actually be snappy and responsive. At the current upgrade curve... the Windows OS it becoming more and more bloated at a faster pace then Intel processors can keep up with.

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by AndyInTN / January 24, 2006 10:36 PM PST

I'm a little bit concerned and maybe a little excited.

If the government decides to go with Microsoft on this one, then maybe their spying tactics will be, in that case, bring it on Microsoft.

But, I also don't want Microsoft in this business because..well...most major banks have computers, that use Unix/Linux, which is very stable...I think if I walked into a banks computer room and saw "Windows Mainframe 1.0" booting up...I'd crap a brick.

But, I don't have any money, so I guess it doesn't really matter.

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maybe scary but not breaking news
by davekm / January 26, 2006 1:58 PM PST

The technewsworld article, referenced in the show notes, discusses Microsoft's latest HPC strategy as of June 2004. Implying that MS had one even before then.
As the article points out, MS has been funding research at a number of universities including Cornell.

The Cornell Theory Center ( has been working on Windows based HPC clusters for a number of years.

I'm not sure the Windows based HPC has much of a value
proposition but it isn't a new idea. Sun's newest Niagra processor won't make it any easier for MS.

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