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  • Blog Post: SC 2010: WinHPC Server links to the Cloud & breaks Petaflop Barrier

    Just sat through Ryan Waite’s talk at SC2010 showcasing some of the new features in WinHPC – being able to leverage Azure nodes directly from the WinHPC scheduler as well Windows 7 desktop machines (cycle stealing) – as well as being able to hit petaflop for perf.  He also covered all the Excel...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: TAU – perf tuning for HPC

    TAU , the performance tuning OSS software for HPC on Linux has been successfully made available to support Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008.  Please see release note section 5.
  • Blog Post: Cray Brings Windows 7 to HPC

    Now what computational scientist wouldn’t want one of these under their desk.  I like the tagline, “putting ‘work’ back into workstation” . Cray Brings Windows 7 to HPC by Michael Feldman, HPCwire Editor If you thought Windows 7 was just for mere mortals, think again. Microsoft's latest OS is about...
  • Blog Post: Graywulf Takes Byte Out of Data Overload

    Graywulf is the natural evolution of Beowulf Clusters – it brings together HPC clusters and databases to do efficient processing and data management.  It’s name and design also pays homage to Jim Gray – who helped  champion the use of relational databases in the scientific projects. At it’s...
  • Blog Post: 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.
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Windows HPC and Pixar animation software RenderMan

    It’s great to see that Pixar will be releasing RenderMan on the upcoming release of Windows HPC 2008.  The rendering software behind such hit animated movies as The Incredibles , Ratatouille and Monsters Inc. should become even more powerful when it becomes available on Microsoft Corp.'s most advanced...
  • Blog Post: HPC 2008 & NCSA – 23rd on Top500 – Great Efficiency

    The Top500 list was released and the cluster at NCSA came in at 23rd running a beta of Windows HPC 2008 .  What’s really interesting is the 77% efficiency and that it only took 4 hours to install the 1200 node cluster. Press Article - Windows HPC Server 2008 debuts in top 25 of the world’s TOP500...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Windows HPC - Computational Finance Pilot

    The Windows HPC team has just made public their Computational Finance Pilot where they are enabling execution of computational fiance models for university courses - there is a good paper on the implementation.  It would be good to see if the same type of implementation could be used for offering...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Windows HPC Server 2008 - 1 day training

    Here's a good opportunity to get the latest information on the next version of the Windows Compute Cluster - now named Windows HPC Server 2008. If you're wondering why Windows HPC Server 2008 is a hot topic - take a look at the performance increases they've made and the technical overview . HPC PAL Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: January update to Science @ Microsoft

    The January update to the Technical Computing @ Microsoft site ( www.microsoft.com/science ) is up: Spotlighting the SwissEx Collaboration with EPFL. A feature entitled “Determining Fundamental Principles of RNA Structure with Comparative Sequence Analysis” about Dr. Robin Gutell (University...
  • Blog Post: MPI.NET: High-Performance C# Library for Message Passing

    It's great to see a high-performance .net library for writing MPI apps in C#.  It would be good to hear about implementations using MPI.net and how it works.  It would also be neat to see someone test out MPI.net with F# .  Can't wait to see the published paper by Douglas Gregor and Andrew...
  • Blog Post: Supercomputing 07

    Was at Supercomputing last week - overall the event went really well.  There was also a few announcements from the HPC team - the big one being the name and beta availability of Windows HPC Server 2008 and the new banners. Attended part of the Manycore and Multicore Computing: Architectures, Applications...
  • Blog Post: Debugging MPI on Windows

    Here's a very helpful post I ran across from Volker's blog on debugint MPI application on Windows.... VolkerW's WebLog : Debugging MPI on Windows This week our team hosts an event for Microsoft partners working on HPC migration projects. Developing requires debugging. The Microsoft toolset, namely Visual...
  • Blog Post: Dual Boot CCS and Linux Whitepaper

    Just saw VolkerW post info on the whitepaper to help understand how to setup a cluster to dual boot between WinCCS and Linux...very helpful. Dual Boot CCS and Linux Hot off the (virtual) press: "Windows ® Compute Cluster Server 2003 and Linux." Many partners, especially in academia, have asked about...
  • Blog Post: Windows-Based Supercomputers Make Top 500 List

    Great to see 2 Windows CCS machines on the new Top 500 list 106 - Rainer from the Windows HPC Group 193 - Mitsubishi FJ Securities Also look for the Microsoft Excel Add-in to drive all the LinPack benchmarks - should be released soon at http://windowshpc.net Windows-Based Supercomputers Make Top 500...
  • Blog Post: Delivering End-to-End High-Productivity Computing

    Here's a very good paper outlining the work by Marc Holmes (MTC) and Simon Cox on producing an end to end solution using WinCCS (HPC) and many other technologies - it would be great to get feedback from others if they have setup their WinCCS cluster this way or if there are architectures they are using...
  • Blog Post: 2007 Microsoft eScience Workshop at RENCI

    Announcing the 2007 Microsoft eScience Workshop at RENCI http://research.microsoft.com/workshops/escience2007/ October 21-23 2007 The Friday Center for Continuing Education UNC-Chapel Hill 100 Friday Center Drive Chapel Hill NC 27599-1020 The use of computers creates many challenges as it expands the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research uses CCS to search for HIV targets

    It good to see the work David Heckerman and Carl Kadie from MSR are doing written up in a case study talking about the benefits of using the Windows Compute Cluster Server... From Doug Lindsey's blog... Microsoft Research uses CCS to search for HIV targets Microsoft Research performs cutting-edge research...
  • Blog Post: HPC Basic Profile Overview

    Rich Ciapala from the Windows HPC team has posted a good overview of the work they've been doing on the HPC Basic Profile... HPC Basic Profile Overview The HPC Basic Profile is a proposed Open Grid Forum (OGF) interoperability specification for job submission and management between HPC systems including...
  • Blog Post: The BioTeam Delivers Informatics Solution on Microsoft CCS

    This is great news for the Bio researchers...info at iNquiry Bioinformatics Portal for Microsoft Compute Cluster Server - they also mention the "The Scientific Desktop" "The scientific desktop" aims to build a bridge between common computing tools and everyday scientific computing tasks. One example...
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