"Microsoft Windows is emerging as an acceptable operating system
for high-performance computing (HPC) clusters in place of Linux,
lowering the bar for entry into that space, according to some
analysts and major vendors.
"In 2006, Microsoft announced the release of Windows Compute
Cluster Server (CCS) 2003, marking the company's first attempt at
an operating system for HPC applications. Industry observers say
that Windows CCS has been well accepted, particularly for small
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