TechEd Europe 2005: Introducing Windows Server 2003, Computer Cluster Edition

Since I am mainly with Matej and my Session turned out to be not very good I decided to go with Matejs session choice which is: “Introducing Windows Server 2003, Computer Cluster Edition”. The Senior Product Manager of the Computer Cluster Edition gave an overview of the newly member of the Windows Server 2003 family. After stating what it’s not, he talked about Microsofts vision behind the Computer Cluster Edition and where it’s going to develop in the future…

“Applications and scenarios for High Performance Computing are increasing in automation, speed and ease of use. The future of HPC lies in integrated workflows, where server clusters and desktops will seamlessly process complex parallel, distributed, and data-driven computations across a large network of solutions. The user will be able to utilize best-of-breed computational models to create complex, multi-stage simulations residing anywhere within an enterprise or the Internet. Microsoft will be delivering their first step in making that environment a reality — Windows Server 2003, Compute Cluster Edition. The product (still in pre-beta stage) is designed to create a “personal supercomputing” solution — a great out-of-the-box experience — surrounded by a wide ecosystem of partners, products, and services to maximize business value. This session discusses product plans and roadmaps, scenarios it is addressing, the competitive landscape and challenges, and highlights the value proposition of the solution. The session will also give some early views of the product via step-by-step screen shots to highlight the ease and straightforward deployment and management of the solution.”