For a while now, multi-core and symmetric processing have become hot issues within the software industry and during a recent Microsoft platform strategy review with some of our closest partners, this was one of the most important subjects they came to listen about. Microsoft is making a number of significant investments in this space and from an evangelism point of view, we are going to help share this knowledge with the community.

To that end, Microsoft has another Supercomputing guru joining, Daniel Reed. He will join Microsoft Research as director of scalable and multi-core computing. Before this he was the director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for many years and a chief architect of the National Science Foundation's TeraGrid, a national distributed computing system for researchers.