According to Tina Couch on the Windows Server blog, Microsoft and Cray have recently teamed up to offer a very affordable supercomputer designed just for departmental and workgroup needs like those in offices, labs, and university departments. This new supercomputer, the Cray CX1, runs Windows HPC Server 2008. (The HPC Server 2008 SKU itself becomes available September 22nd). It incorporates up to 8 nodes and 16 Intel Xeon processors, either dual or quad core, delivers up to 64 gigabytes of memory per node, and provides up to 4 terabytes of internal storage. Systems can be configured with a mix of compute, storage and visualization blades to meet individual requirements. It will also interoperate with Linux. The CX1 server starts at $25,000 and will be available for order on Amazon.com.
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