Is it Compute Cluster Solution or Compute Cluster Edition?

We seem to be getting a few perplexed looks from some of our customers as to the actual name of our new HPC technology.  Is it Compute Cluster Solution (CCS) or Compute Cluster Edition (CCE)?  The short answer is both. ;-)  Please read on.....

Windows Server 2003 Compute Cluster Solution consists of two separate products (on 2 separate CD's) which can be purchased separately or together:

DISK 1:  Windows Server 2003 Compute Cluster Edition, for x64 processors. Although you can use an off-the-shelf version of our x64 editions, this version of Windows Server 2003 has been tailored to the needs of the HPC workload.

DISK 2:  Windows Server 2003 Compute Cluster Pack, which includes a Job Scheduler, message passing interface, cluster monitoring tools and deployment tools.

So, you may ask, why did we do it this way?  Simply put, customers who want to implement this solution may already have the x64 edition of Windows Server 2003 and may not need disk 1, or maybe you want to add more nodes – bingo – disk 1.
In contrast, some organizations may have some components on disk 2 (i.e. Job Scheduler)

This approach to HPC allows our customers the most flexibility at the lowest cost when choosing to implement an HPC solution.

 

- Ward Ralston