Folding@Home on Azure – Distributed Computing

Here’s a good way to get up to speed on WindowsAzure and contribute to a worldwide distributed computing project (Folding@Home) – by participating in the webcast you’ll also receive a temporary, self-expiring full-access account to work with Azure for a period of 2-weeks at no cost – that’s worth the webcast investment time.  Feeling @Home…


More Goodies into Windows HPC – cycle stealing, VS2010, Excel 2010, Linux Interop

The article from HPCwire on  Microsoft Injects More Goodies into Windows HPC highlights some of the new features in beta2.  I’m especially happy to see the support for Win7 desktops as computational nodes – desktop cycle stealing, something that always gets asked about.  The other key additions being: VS2010 integration Parallel Nsight, NVIDIA’s software development…


Adding quarters to the innovation machine

I really enjoyed Dan Reed’s latest posting – HPC: Making a Small Fortune – and the need for real innovation in this space, especially with the rise of new technologies – that’s part of the reason we looked at at combining HPC and Databases via the GrayWulf Project… HPC: Making a Small Fortune N.B. I…


Windows HPC Server 2008 cracks Top 10 in Top 500 list

The latest Top 500 list was released at Supercomputing Conference (SC08) in Austin, Texas today and Windows HPC Server 2008 was part of the #10 placed machine [Dawning 5000A] from Shanghai Supercomputer Center.  This is the top machine outside of US – amazing job by the Windows HPC team.


HPC Server 2008 Experience Counts Academic Program

Great opportunity to get a special academic discount on Windows HPC Server 2008.   Windows® HPC Server 2008 Experience Counts Academic Program You know the value of high-performance computing (HPC). No matter the topic – the inner workings of the universe or the economy; the spawning of a hurricane or urban development – HPC has become…


HPC - MPI.NET 1.0 Is Now Released...!

PhilPen has posted that the folks at Indiana University have released MPI.NET: High Performance C# library for Message Passing.  The runtime and source code are available for download as well as a Tutorial.  This should make it much easier for folks to use any .Net language to write MPI apps – I’m interested in seeing…


Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing Program (SciDAC) tutorials on Friday, July 18th

Microsoft Research is hosting the DOE 2008 Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing Program (SciDAC) tutorials on Friday, July 18th.  If interested in attending, please register at the SciDAC Tutorials Registration. SciDAC Tutorial Agenda July 18 – Microsoft Research, Bldg 99. 9:00 – 9:30 Reception, checkin and orientation 9:30 – 12:00 First session      …


Windows HPC Server 2008 Beta 2 is Here

Windows HPC Server 2008 Beta 2 is available on Microsoft Connect and Ryan Waite goes into detail on much of the new stuff.  I’m really excited to start seeing scientists utilize and evaluate the new version – I think many of the new pieces especially Network Direct, PowerShell integration, and the HPC Basic Profile will…


SciDAC Tutorials - July 18 at Microsoft Research

On July 18th, Microsoft Research will be hosting the tutorials for the 2008 SciDAC Conference.  SciDAC – Scientific Discovery through Advanced  Computing is part of DOE’s Office of Science research program to "support multidisciplinary SciDAC projects aimed at developing future energy sources, studying global climate change, accelerating research in designing new materials,improving environmental cleanup methods,…


Silverlight-based cycle stealing

Savas and I had talked about this idea of using Silverlight-based cycle stealing and wondered how well it would work.  It’s good to see this article on CodeProject about Legion: Build your own virtual super computer with Silverlight by Daniel Vaughan.  Legion is a Grid Computing framework that uses the Silverlight CLR to execute user…