Ol’ Roy would be proud. I’ve just spent the week at a Microsoft field technical readiness convention. Several sessions covered the upcoming Windows HPC Server 2008 product (currently in beta1). The improvements since November’s beta1 release are impressive. The next beta release will include useful, full-featured functionality. Feature areas including Management/Operations, Job Scheduler services, WCF Broker services, and MPI Performance exhibit world-class design characteristics. Watch for the next release to occur on the beta program web-site (http://connect.microsoft.com).