It good to see the work David Heckerman and Carl Kadie from MSR are doing written up in a case study talking about the benefits of using the Windows Compute Cluster Server...

From Doug Lindsey's blog...

Microsoft Research uses CCS to search for HIV targets

Microsoft Research performs cutting-edge research to find human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) immunogen targets. The results can be used in the development of vaccines against the virus. A Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 system run by the Microsoft HPC team significantly speeds up this analysis. Read all about it here:  http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/casestudy.aspx?casestudyid=201111

Since 2003, scientists at Microsoft Research have been performing research on the design of a vaccine for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). However, with only six personal computers and 10 processors, the research team struggled to perform statistical analysis, which required a year of computer processing, or CPU time. With the help of the High Performance Computing (HPC) group at Microsoft, the team deployed Windows® Compute Cluster Server 2003 on 25 IBM server computers. Now, the research team can run 50 jobs—of 200,000 work items each—in the time it once took to run 1 job. As a result, the research team has gained enough insights to publish in the top scientific journals. The team, which finds Windows Compute Cluster Server simple to deploy, use, manage, and extend, is using it to unravel the puzzles that may one day lead to an HIV vaccine.

Cross Posted from Dan Fay's Blog (http://blogs.msdn.com/dan_fay)