[Beowulf] How Can Microsoft's HPC Server Succeed?

Joe Landman landman at scalableinformatics.com
Fri Apr 4 08:26:07 EDT 2008


Chris Samuel wrote:
> ----- "Greg Byshenk" <gbyshenk at byshenk.net> wrote:
> 
>> A former co-worker of mine now works elsewhere, at a company where
>> they are looking to build a cluster for some research he will be
>> doing, and it will almost certainly run Windows. And this is not
>> because there is something "better" about Windows, but because they
>> are a Windows shop, and thus the cost of hiring or training staff
>> would more than outweigh any savings on licenses.
> 
> This will also be a big factor for University ITS departments
> too which often seem to have (at least here in Australia) become
> MS only shops.

Interesting ... in the commercial space, I am seeing something 
different.  Noticed it starting in earnest sometime last year.  Some of 
the larger shops (and many of the smaller ones) have been shifting to 
Linux desktops.  They use their laptops for office things, though an 
increasing number of them are using linux on their laptops.



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