Microsoft vows cluster OS upgrade will include Linux nod

Microsoft's charge into the high performance computing game continues at pace. The software maker this week announced that its new cluster operating system - HPC Server 2008 - based on Windows Server 2008 will ship next Summer. In addition, the code dandy has fired up a Parallel Computing Initiative to develop more parallelized software for both HPC and business users.

Microsoft? HPC? Surely, we jest.

But, no, we mean it. Microsoft has shown some nice gains in a market dominated by Linux. Six Windows-based systems made their way onto the most recent Top500 supercomputer list. In addition, Microsoft claims loads of wins with smaller clusters aimed at both business and academia.