Open dialogue about standards, open source, and interoperability at Microsoft

June, 2011

  • Supercomputing, Fraunhofer SCAI and Openness

    Posted by Sandy Gupta
    General Manager, Open Solutions Group

    This past week I had the pleasure of participating in the International Supercomputing (ISC) 2011 event in Hamburg, Germany. This event has always been a great venue for hearing the latest trends in high performance computing (HPC) and the overall IT industry. This year was no exception with the award to the "K computer" as the fastest computer in the world and some great keynotes and breakout sessions.

    On Monday, IDC Analysts Earl Joseph and Steve Conway presented their insights relative to HPC barriers for adoption in the enterprise, citing management solutions and ease of use as the two top requirements. This caught my attention, since my own presentation at the mid-market workshop discussed some of the interoperable solutions my team – the Open Solutions Group at Microsoft – has developed with Linux and other open source based vendors or communities. One example I like to share is the work we have done with BridgeWays to allow System Center Operations Manager to monitor a number of open source and other non-Microsoft software in a single pane of glass. I talked about our partnerships with Adaptive Computing and SUSE (formerly Novell), which allow customers to run a hybrid Windows + Linux cluster and also shared some related case studies.