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  • Blog Post: Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Videos

    If you want to learn about what’s new in HPC Server 2008 R2 or want to see who’s behind the product, go to the HPC Show on Channel9 . Wen-ming just posted a larger number of new videos and screencasts. The product is currently in beta and scheduled for RTM sometime in 2010. New videos: Windows HPCS 2008R2...
  • Blog Post: Unix to Windows API dictionary

    Wen-ming on my team worked with folks from InteropSystems on a porting dictionary to help ease the pain porting source code from Unix to Windows. They took the most frequently used Unix calls and provided a piece of sample code demonstrating the equivalent function on Windows (if it exists). Please go...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server? – What Windows Server?

    In a comment to one of my previous posts Dmitry asked: “I'd like to find details about different versions of Microsoft Windows like Server 2008, HPC Server 2008 and HPC Server 2008 R2. What is the difference between them? It's very hard to find a table which would give such comparison. Is R2 just an...
  • Blog Post: Superfast and highly scalable Lizard

    This little animal helps you answering one of the most important question after installing Windows HPC Server 2008. Is this thing working? To find out if and how well it is working, Microsoft sent you this little critter. Lizard - Lizard helps you to determine the computational performance and efficiency...
  • Blog Post: New Windows HPC Resource Kit Available

    My team just updated the Windows HPC Resource Kit on http://resourcekit.windowshpc.net . The HPC kit is a great collection of technical documents, presentations and training for developer and IT Professionals. Everything you need to get started and beyond in one convenient place.   You may have...
  • Blog Post: New HPC content on Channel9

    Check out over 30 new videos on Windows HPC Server. http://channel9.msdn.com/shows/The+HPC+Show/
  • Blog Post: Faking Networks

    Well, I know you (the impersonal you) can fake a lot of things but how do you fake a network and why would you do that? Giovanni, master of the faking networks and HPC tells you why it is important and even can save you some money. His recent blog post Faking Networks teaches you a new way of faking...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft webcast series on Gartner 2009 Predictions

    Starting in March Microsoft folks in the UK run a series of webcasts for IT managers covering the top predictions from Gartner for 2009 from a Microsoft perspective. Curious George lists then nicely. Date and Time in GMT Title Event ID Wed 18th March, 4pm Virtualisation 1032404083 Wed 25 th March, 4pm...
  • Blog Post: Windows HPC powering Eve Online

    Massive multiplayer online game (MMOG) Eve Online powered by Windows HPC Server 2008.   Resources: Eve Online Windows HPC Server 2008 CCP Games on HPC Server case study MMOG net tribune article (German)
  • Blog Post: Windows HPC Kit available Today

    Wenming has collected the most valuable Windows HPC Server 2008 technical resources in one place, http://ResourceKit.WindowsHPC.net . It is a great collection of technical documents, presentations and training for developer and IT Professionals. Everything you need to get started and beyond in one convenient...
  • Blog Post: New Benefits for HPC Audiences on Innovate On

    InnovateOn is a central resource to help you build, test, and market your solution based on Microsoft technologies. Hidden in the “My Benefits” section is a great resource for HPC interested parties. It is an eBook available in English and German. The book has been built in collaboration with Intel....
  • Blog Post: Windows HPC Server 2008 for Free

    Well, almost. It might have gotten lost in the buzz around the official launch of our V2 product on Monday but you can download a free trial (180 day license of the full product) from Microsoft.
  • Blog Post: Testdrive Windows HPC Server 2008

    As part of the IBM Deep Computing initiative you can now test drive Windows HPC Server 2008 without download/install and all of that. IBM® Computing on Demand For only $99 you can test drive a “scalable 14-16 node environment” via the IBM website . Make sure you select Microsoft Windows as target OS...
  • Blog Post: Windows HPC Server 2008 is available today

    Microsoft has announced the general availability of its latest version of the HPC platform Windows HPC Server 2008. This is the second version of the product. It ships with with some significant enhancements over the previous version. Web services integration and a greatly enhanced scheduler are among...
  • Blog Post: Buy a Cray Supercomputer for USD 25000

    No way you think? Think again. Microsoft and Cray have joined forces to create an offer the HPC market cannot resist! The Cray CX1 . High productivity computing for the masses. Go to the CX1 website , configure and buy online . That's what I call democratizing high performance computing. The power of...
  • Blog Post: More HPC love for developers on the HPC Show

    Steven Newhouse and Wenming Ye have spent some time together producing a great series of technical webcasts on Windows HPC Server 2008. Here's the 5 (in words: five) sessions plus a tiny teaser to wet your appetite. Teaser Intro HPC Basic Profile SDK Submitting a Job File Staging SOA Sessions Find out...
  • Blog Post: HPC Webcasts in September and October

    A bunch of technology webcasts coming your way in September and October. A team of subject matter experts (SMEs) from across the company has put together 3 high value technical webcasts around high performance computing on the Windows platform. The sessions are about MPI , WCF and networking and performance...
  • Blog Post: Pixar Celebrates 20 Years of RenderMan at SIGGRAPH 2008

    From their press announcement today: "RenderMan Pro Server 14.0 introduces significant performance enhancements including accelerated ray-tracing, faster processing of large polygon datasets, optimized hair performance, faster AOV's, and enhanced threading scalability. New core features that facilitate...
  • Blog Post: Windows HPC Server 2008 Head Start

    Later this year Microsoft ships the second version of the Windows HPC Server SKU, Windows HPC Server 2008. This product is a real milestone product for Microsoft and – I certainly hope – for the industry as a whole. Tejas Karmarkar a HPC Solution Specialist at Microsoft : "Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Windows, Memory and the limits to it

    First of all, no matter how much memory you put into your system, it ain't enough. And this is true for all or at least most of the operating systems. Earlier this week Mark Russinovich wrote a blog post about "Pushing the Limits of Windows: Physical Memory." Needless to say, it is another...
  • Blog Post: High Performance Sanity Check

    On his Channel 9 show Phil asks a loaded question: " Are You Sane? Who's sane these days anyway? Ok, don't digress (again), Volker. Of course his question is not about the sanity of the reader but about a great tool to check the sanity of a Windows HPC cluster called uSane. If you are interested...
  • Blog Post: Windows HPC and WCF with Windows HPC Server 2008

    Quietly over the past weeks the HPC Show on Channel9 has grown its content quite a bit. The product group and the evangelism team is working hard to make the features we ship with Windows HPC Server 2008 transparent for the target audience. The latest addition is a series of 4 screencasts covering the...
  • Blog Post: Windows HPC Server 2008 High Availability

    Recently Giovanni finished his series of 4 screencasts about setting up Windows HPC Server 2008 for high availability. Since posting the first screencast back end of May the series has over 25,000 downloads/views. Learn from the expert how to cluster Windows HPC Server 2008 for high availability: HPC...
  • Blog Post: New HPC Performance Tuning Paper Available

    Aleksey Savateyev, one of the Microsoft HPC architects in the platform evangelism team, just released a new white paper on performance tuning for applications on CCS 2003. You can find this and many other valuable resources on the Microsoft HPC community portal . Go to windowshpc.net to find out more...
  • Blog Post: Windows HPC - Playing with the big boys

    Giovanni is convinced that Windows HPC Server 2008 is now playing with the big boys. Find out why and what IB , Network Direct and 2 GB/sec have to do with it in his recent blog post. I thought the recent announcement was already proof enough or at least a good indication.
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