Every six months, the Top 500 organization announces “its ranked list of general purpose systems that are in common use for high end applications.” In other words, supercomputers. And, as has been the case for years now, the fastest of the fast are Linux computers.
Microsoft is proud that a system running Windows HPC Server 2008 took 10th place… behind nine supercomputers running Linux.
There are no Microsoft programming tools to write supercomputer compatible applications.
Needless to say, all the Linux systems do have working parallel-processing languages, like GCC, PGI and PathScale. For now, and the foreseeable future, Linux will not only stay the fastest computers, they’ll also be the most useful fast computers.
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