[Beowulf] MS HPC... Oh dear...

matt jones jamesjamiejones at aol.com
Mon Jun 12 07:09:58 EDT 2006


Vincent Diepeveen wrote:

 > In fact i'm not amazed if you soon call every windows machine a server,
 > because it runs 'services' that are clear server services.

this is very true of most machienes i use (within windows networking). 
they all run file sharing, as part of windows, which means they are 
servers by definition.

but if you categorise into intended purpose like:

PCs,
workstations,
thin clients,
servers,
nodes,

it is not a server because thats not it's purpose as a whole. it is a 
PC, and part of it being my PC is that it has to be able to share my 
files so i can get them elsewhere.

so yea it is a server, some of the time, but most windows (mainstreem 
9x, and nt, which XP is part of) are not used for this purpose of being 
a server at all, they are mainly desktop PCs.

likewise linux, unix, and any other OS can be called any of the above.
it depends on how you use it.

-- 
matt jones,

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