During the first week of March 2012, my teammates Brian Hitney, Jim O’Neil, and I announced the re-launch of the @home with Windows Azure project. On March 15, we hosted a kick-off webcast providing an overview of the project.
This is the third in a series of five where we’ll dive into various aspects of Windows Azure. In this third webcast, we’ll dig deeper into Windows Azure Storage and how it was used by the @home with Windows Azure project. From the abstract page:
In the second webcast of this four-part series, the cloud gurus talk about the @home solution and how it leverages Windows Azure table storage. We examine how table storage differs from SQL Azure storage and why you might choose one over the other. Finally, since we're looking at data storage, we also cover other storage options—BLOBs and queues.
If you can’t make this one, be sure to check out the rest in the series by watching the @home with Windows Azure website – we’ll be diving deeper into various features as the weeks progress. You can also watch the recordings of these webcasts as they become available on the site.
What is @home with Windows Azure?
Microsoft provides a 90-day free trial of Windows Azure where you can learn to kick the tires and run an application in the cloud 24x7 cost-free. The @home with Windows Azure project is an online activity where you use those 90-days of free compute time(or your MSDN Subscriber benefits) to contribute to Stanford University’s Folding@home distributed computing project.
The Folding@home project helps scientists provide insight into the causes of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Mad Cow disease, ALS, and some cancer-related syndromes, by running protein folding simulations on thousands of machines world wide,
You deploy Stanford’s Folding@home application to Windows Azure, where it will execute protein folding simulations in the cloud, thus contributing to the research effort. In essence, your participation is a donation of your free compute time to the Folding@home project!
Additionally, from the start of March 2012, Microsoft is donating $10 (up to a maximum of $5000) to Stanford’s Pande Lab for everyone that participates!
You can learn more about the project and sign up to view a series of web-casts we will be delivering over the next month at the project’s website:
Hope you will join Brian, Jim, and I tomorrow!