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Ballmer: Windows HPC Edition To Steal Share From Linux

The release of Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 to manufacturing Friday will enable Microsoft to widen its lead over Linux, according to Microsoft executives.

On Friday, Microsoft announced that it will ship its first version of Windows Server for high performance computing (HPC) in August and make available evaluation copies to attendees of the company's Tech Ed 2006 in Boston next week.

It was originally expected to ship in the first half of 2006.

In a recent interview with CRN, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the Windows Compute Cluster 2003 and the next Windows 'Longhorn" server will enable Microsoft to take market share from Linux in its backyard.

"We have our Windows Compute Cluster Edition. We'll get back into high-performance computing, which, at the end of the day, is something like 30 percent of Linux servers," Ballmer said, acknowledging that Linux has greater share of the high performance computing on Intel-AMD platforms today.

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