I have a 32-bit simulation program that runs on Win 7-64 on a desktop PC (4 GB memory, i5 2.67 GHz CPU). It takes about 3+ days for simple simulations. The simulation program originally ran on WinXP, and its development may not be that sooner to keep up with current systems. This app only runs on Windows systems to date (WinXP to Win7). So I am stuck with this app and its OS limitations.
With the goal to speed up the simulation, I just got a blade server and now I wonder if I should install Windows Server 2008 HPC or Windows 7; through the trial versions. The blade server specs can be seen in the following link.
Are there significant advantages or disadvantages of either operating system on my app and blade server?
Please let me hear from you, so I could make a better decision on which OS to purchase.
Are you asking whether your simulation will run faster, or be a more accurate simulation, on Windows 7 vs Windows 2008? I think most of that is going to depend on how the simulation program was compiled.
As a general rule, a server OS will not behave that differently from a desktop OS when you are only looking at a single program / application.