Microsoft Corp. Monday announced the “immediate availability” of Windows HPC Server 2008 R2, a high-performance server designed to help securities firms simulate conditions in financial markets and speed up execution of complex trading strategies.

The release is part of Microsoft’s Technical Computing Initiative, described in detail Monday at the High Performance Computing Financial Markets Conference at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Bill Hilf, general manager of the Microsoft Technical Computing Group, made the announcement in his keynote presentation at the conference.

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