Windows Azure team just revealed all the work they were doing in the HPC space or as they dub it “Big Compute”. The results were so impressive they have certified Windows Azure to be among Top 500 Supercomputers in the world. The amazing part are also the hardware resources that can be offered for the Big Compute workloads:
- 8 cores, 60Gb RAM or 16 cores, 120GB RAM
- Dual Intel Sandybridge processors at 2.6 GHz
- DDR3 1600 MHz RAM
- 10 GigE network for storage and internet access
- InfiniBand (IB) 40 Gbps network with RDMA
If you are working in HPC space that probably tells you exactly what to expect (way more than it does to me )! But to top it off with a scalability of the public cloud (adding or removing instances as needed) for a fair price… that’s a winning combo . Read more here.