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Many people tend to associate High Performance Computing (HPC) with exotic supercomputers with esoteric CPUs, high-end networking and storage fabrics, and custom applications simulating nuclear explosions, virtually crash-testing cars or designing the aerodynamics of the latest jetliner. This vision is true for the high end of …


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This suggests

"an opportunity to translate success in HPC to boosting the performance of applications based on Microsoft platforms,"

No it doesn't.

It suggests that where performance and indeed price/performance is more critical than the variety of desktop-style application availability, Linux remains the obvious choice, and Windows remains largely irrelevant.

For years, comparing the performance of similar hardware running different OSes has been made as difficult as possible by the big box builders who don't want to upset their sweetheart deals with MS. But whenever I've found a comparable benchmark running on comparable hardware with the two different OSes, the winner has been entirely predictable, and generally hasn't been Microsoft.

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Two sentences worth of commonplaces, mixed with a good deal of speculation, blown up to a page of management drivel. Trying to advertise a "whitepaper" that will contain the same on twenty pages. What does this do on the Register?

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