Under heavy pressure from Linux application server clusters, Microsoft is working on a version of Windows Server 2003 designed to support parallel computing.
Microsoft plans to aim Windows Server 2003 HPC edition, at companies in life sciences, engineering, finance, and other industries where highly scalable systems built with relatively low-cost hardware are being applied to demanding applications. “Parallel-computing clusters are increasingly being seen in the enterprise,” Microsoft product manager Dennis Oldroyd said. “It’s been the domain of academia and research. Now, with low-cost standardised hardware, it’s becoming less of a niche play.”
There’s already a lot of work that’s been done in this area on Linux and OSX, so Windows will have quite a bit of catching up to do.