USENIX Technical Program - Abstract - Windows NT Symposium 99
High-End Workstation Compute Farms Using Windows NT
Srinivas Nimmagadda, Joshua LeVasseur, and Rumi Zahir, Intel Corporation
This paper describes our experiences in building and deploying Windows
NT* based high-end workstation compute farms within the
Intel engineering community. An overview of Intels compute
requirements is presented, along with the solution developed to
address Intels large compute cycle needs. The paper discusses
NTs contribution to the solution, including recognized NT
strengths as well as migration and deployment challenges we faced. The
paper emphasizes workarounds to known issues for other user
communities to leverage, but also enumerates areas in which Windows NT
and the Win32 API* could be improved. Our paper concludes
that despite many challenges, NT based high-end workstation farm
computing is viable.
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