Windows HPC Server 2008 has been released to manufacturing (RTM). HPC 2008 is the second release of our integrated high performance computing (HPC) offering and a major step forward along our long term vision of making HPC an effective and seamless tool for all scientists, engineers and business analysts. The release for Windows HPC Server 2008 was announced during the keynote of 2008 High Performance on Wall Street event today in New York.

A wide range of software vendors in various verticals have been designing their applications to work seamlessly with Windows HPC Server 2008. Users submit and monitor jobs from within familiar applications without having to learn new or complex user interfaces. Ryan Waite, Product Unit Manager, said on his blog, "With HPC Server 2008 we achieved our performance goals and our customers and partners are responding."

HPC brings world-class performance, lightning fast software distribution, simplified management, and the many benefits of the Windows platform to the HPC world.

The HPC software developer kit (SDK) SDK focuses on all major HPC developer scenarios and bring together Microsoft, partner and community technologies to enable new application development on our platform.

With this release we are moving beyond the departmental servers to encompass some of the largest HPC systems. This summer HPC placed #23 on the Top500 list of a 1,200 node cluster at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.  At this scale, HPC delivers world-class performance and scalability.

And HPC 2008 is doing this at the highest level of quality and end-user experience possible, something that only Microsoft can deliver at this scale and scope, and something that 15 of our TAP customers around the world have attested to.

Cray Inc. has introduced the new Cray CX1 supercomputer pre-installed with Windows HPC Server 2008. U.S. list prices start at $25,000 fits into standard office environments and workflows. The new product is expected to drive high productivity computing farther into the mainstream in a broad array of markets including financial services, aerospace, automotive, petroleum, life sciences, government, academic and digital media.

You can learn more from a series of Webcasts on Windows HPC Server 2008 for developers. Microsoft Partners can access the Windows HPC 2008 Quickstart Portal for online access to HPC training, technical, marketing, and sales resources to help extend their business.

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You can try out HPC 2008 with a download good for 180 days at Evalute Windows HPC Server 2008.