Can I run Windows HPC 2008 on SUN camputers? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi All

    I know this is a silly question But I did not find an answer for it
    I wanna know that if it is possible to run Windows HPC server 2008 on the Sun computers?

    Actually, I am a Ph.D student in Civil and I have developed a computational code in C#
    And I am running this code on a workstation with 8 cores (2 quad CPU). code is parallel. But 8 cores is not adequate for doing my computation and I have two options to solve this problem
    1. Using current university's clusters which are Sun
    this is the cluster which I am supposed to use in this case

    2. Buying a new cluster with Windows HPC
    But I do not know is it possible to run Windows HPC on Sun or not.

    I will be appreciated if you help me
    Saturday, March 13, 2010 7:15 PM


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  • Hi Ehsan
    You should probably ask your question to HPCVL directly, as they may be able to come up with a solution for you.
    A quick scout around the HPCVL website seems to suggest that their Sun systems are pretty much all Sparc processor based, and as such do not support Windows Server OS, but it may be that alternative options are available.

    Monday, March 15, 2010 9:20 AM
  • There are x64 Sun Servers that can run Windows. But as Dan notes, most Sun's are SPARC and thus can't run Windows.

    Tuesday, March 16, 2010 4:33 PM
  • Dear Ehsan,

      Seeing the reference to the HPCVL was a bit of a flashback for me - I used to be a Scientific Computing Specialist with them (2002-2004).  Anyhow, the only hardware resources that HPCVL currently has that would be suitable for running windows would be the Beowulf cluster at Carleton University and some of the GridRack systems (mentioned on the HPCVL website).  All the other machines are SPARC based.

      However, you may want to also inquire with WestGrid as all Canadian High Performance Computing resources are supposed to support external users (as in users not located at the hardware hosting institutions).  I do know WestGrid has some licenses for Windows HPC and may have those deployed on some of their facilites (check out

      Hope this helps.

      Also I have used Windows HPC on SUN hardware (non-sparc machines) and it worked quite well.

    With Best Regards,
    Wednesday, March 17, 2010 6:53 PM
  • Last summer I organized a tutorial on "Parallel Programming / HPC on Windows" as part of the HPCS conference, which took place at the HPCVL in Kingston ( ). I talked to their HPC folks and they were already preparing to setup a Windows HPC Server 2008-based cluster. You may want to contact Hartmut Schmider for more details.

    Kind regards, Christian

    Tuesday, April 6, 2010 9:00 AM