Microsoft and Cray launch the CX1 supercomputer for about $25K each. The CX1 supercomputer can hold upto 16 Intel Xeon CPUs, 4 Terabytes of storage, and 64 gigs of memory.
The supercomputer will run Windows HPC Server 2008, the only downfall of it.
I would rather see free Linux system running on the servers, that would probably bring down the cost of software and price down to around $15K at least.
At this point I don’t really see the usefulness of this Windows supercomputer but I do like the hardware.
Faenov said that people in markets such as financial services, aerospace, automotive, academic and life sciences who must do simulations and modeling that require a certain level of computing performance have two options, neither of which is easy. “You can go to a corporate environment and try to obtain a large-scale system, or purchase a system and assemble it [yourself],” he said.