As you know, the share Microsoft in the supercomputer software market is negligible. The needs of this market are growing relentlessly, making it more and more attractive. And the company seems to have decided how to fix the situation.
The vast majority of supercomputers included in the rating Top 500, running an operating system linux - those 89%. The share of Windows in this sector is minimal - only 1%. The remaining 10%s operate under the control of systems specially developed for them (sometimes based on the same linux) are usually the most productive monsters.
Naturally, such a state of affairs cannot suit Microsoft, which has been trying unsuccessfully to break into this territory for so many years. Now the company has decided to try to do it the other way. Instead of climbing to the very top, it will begin to conquer the market for high-performance systems from the bottom. Nowadays, supercomputers are becoming more and more accessible; having a sum of tens of thousands of dollars, you can build a productive system with your own hands. But not everyone can handle it.
And this is where software comes to the rescue. Microsoft. This should be of interest to many scientists, financiers, developers of various everyday products, government agencies. Of course, it is doubtful that all computing power will become as simple as a regular desktop computer. But it's worth striving for. At least that's what Bob Muglia, division vice president of Microsoft Server & Tools Business.
He expects that in the very near future they will create tools that allow developers to take full advantage of parallel computing, spending much less time creating applications.