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As you may know, my colleagues Brian Hitney and Peter Laudati and I have put together @Home with Windows Azure, a great way to get your feet wet with Windows Azure and help medical science by deploying Stanford’s Folding@home client to the cloud using your free, 90-day Windows Azure trial account.
Some of the participants were drawn to the effort having participated in many of these distributed computing projects in the past and were naturally intrigued by the ability to get some free compute cycles for their favorite projects. The nature of our original distribution of the code wasn’t really conducive to these “professional folders,” so we’ve made a few updates to the code, as Brian describes in his blog post.
The changes we’ve made are summarized below and will appeal primarily to those that are already familiar with the Folding@home project and have participated in it as part of other teams.
By the way, the last of our webcast series related to @Home with Windows Azure is this coming Thursday. We’ll be talking about scaling patterns for the cloud and hope you’ll be able to join us.