[Beowulf] SGI to offer Windows on clusters
James.P.Lux at jpl.nasa.gov
Fri Jan 19 17:22:06 EST 2007
At 01:39 PM 1/19/2007, Geoff Jacobs wrote:
> > scheduler, management package, and MPI stack for < $500.
>What about compilers?
Visual Studio 2005 Express Edition of VC++, VC#, VB, etc are free for
the downloading. They all include command line compiler/linker tools and make.
Not a straight across port from, e.g. gcc, but not bad, especially
for console (non GUI) apps.
And, given that this product is aimed at folks who are already
Windows developers, I would assume they use their existing
tools. The MPI stack is accessed (at least as of last summer) by
what are essentially OS calls (P/Invoke).. It would be way cool if
Ryan, et al., were to actually make a namespace, function calls, etc.
so you didn't have to do the P/Invoke thing.
(I've been burned more than once trying to get things like Serial
Comm working with P/Invoke in a multithreaded process... For me, the
HUGE advantage of VS2005 was that I hopefully will never have to use
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