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Dell, Microsoft and CRAY

added by Michael on 19 Nov 2009

Dell, Microsoft and CRAY have combined to offer supercomputers to the masses.


From Information Week:


The new system includes a 16-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and a Nvidia Quadro graphics card that can support up to two monitors. A fully loaded system includes eight 2.93-GHz Xeon processors with 24 GB of memory per node, 160 GB of disk per node, 4 TB of storage, and a Nvidia Quadro FX 5800 graphics card. Two other configurations are available with fewer cluster nodes and less memory and storage. The starting price is $40,000.


From Dell:


The Cray CX1-iWS, available exclusively through Dell, combines Cray's HPC experience with Dell's market reach resulting in a desk side "supercomputer" that is easy to configure, deploy, administer and use. Leveraging industry standard components such as Intel Xeon processors, Windows 2008 HPC software stack, the Cray CX1-iWS provides a good starting point for engineers, scientists and researchers including R&D groups who need a scalable HPC cluster.


The new Dell-offered Cray runs Windows HPC with Windows 7, and Microsoft is even extending its Office applications to work on High Powered Computing platforms:


From Microsoft:


Clustered Excel for Computational Finance


Microsoft Office Excel has found a home deep rooted in computational finance. Many of the world's best kept financial secrets are housed in spreadsheets. Even though more advanced software packages exist, history has proven that quantitative analysts prefer the flexible and familiar environment Microsoft Excel provides. While spreadsheets may provide the ubiquitous environment for financial modeling they are not always known for high performance. How can financial institutions balance the need for flexibility with the need for performance?


Microsoft High Performance Computing platform allows companies to run financial applications, such as Microsoft Excel, on a Windows HPC Cluster. This allows firms to analyze and run simulation models on complex financial instruments and portfolios, price options, detect fraud, and predict currency shifts. It lets companies analyze risk across portfolios as well as the enterprise, and enables quantitative analysts, traders and portfolio managers to understand the relationship between risks and profitability.


Not missing an opportunity, they even use High Powered Computing platforms to push SharePoint solutions.


Excel Services: Excel Services, part of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS), extends the capabilities of Excel 2007 by providing a server-side complement. Excel services provides the necessary components to share and maintain spreadsheets in a secure manner.