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  • Blog Post: SBS myths dispelled...by "Tom"

    In the course of talking to many Microsoft partners and customers, the Windows Small Business Server team has learned that there are sometimes misperceptions about the product, in many cases based on experiences with the earlier versions of SBS. In hopes of dispelling some of these "myths," the team...
  • Blog Post: Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Ships!

    We have finished version 3 of Windows HPC Server! The verbose, official, and approved name is Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Suite signaling that we are leveraging Windows Server 2008 R2 as our core operating system but make no mistake, this is the big v3 release, our most ambitious release. It’s like the...
  • Blog Post: Tech support for all those different VMs

    Arrived back to Redmond late yesterday from Reno where I was attending Supercomputing 2007 conference . I suspect SC07 will be best remembered for the power outage that hit the convention center and most of downtown Reno, and Ashlee's stellar headline . While I was in Reno, there were lots of colleagues...
  • Blog Post: GA of Windows Compute Cluster Server

    The high-performance computing version of Windows Server 2003 (x64 SP1 based) is now generally available. GA for this product means it's on the volume price list; not the shelves of Fry's or Best Buy. Windows CCS is designed to run massively-parallel applications (as opposed to serial apps) for fluid...
  • Blog Post: HPC making swings in the Masters…

    This week kicked off the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia. While thousands of fans cheer for their favorite player, each professional golfer will pick up a club, swing, and hope for the best. What’s often overlooked in this story is the scientific precision that goes into making the clubs...
  • Blog Post: HPC Finds a Home on Port25

    Port25 , which is a blog for Microsoft's open source software lab, is casting an eye toward high-performance computing. They've tapped the talents and experiences of Frank Chism, a technology specialist by title here as Microsoft. As you can watch/listen to in this interview , Frank has earned his stripes...
  • Blog Post: Exec web chat on Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003

    Now that Windows CCS has shipped the product team leadership will answer your questions regarding the product. They are also prepared to hear your suggestions for version two specifically around scheduling and HPC tools. The Web chat is Monday, October 2 at 2pm Eastern (11am Pacific). The product...
  • Blog Post: IT Forum and Supercomputing 2006

    Several of us will be on airplanes this weekend, some headed to Barcelona for IT Forum , and others headed to Tampa for Supercomputing 2006 . For those who want to follow the news and happenings from Barcelona, you can visit the VirtualSide. You'll hear and read about virtualization, systems management...
  • Blog Post: Windows CCS web chat canceled, but see Port 25 interview

    I learned that next week's exec web chat on Windows CCS has been postponed until later in the month. But in the mean time, you can watch the Port 25 interview with Ryan Waite , group product manager for Windows CCS. Ryan discusses how open source influenced Windows CCS through the inclusion of open source...
  • Blog Post: The Next Milestone in High Performance Computing at Microsoft

    Scientists, engineers and analysts tackling complex, data-intensive problems need more computational power to be successful. My team is focused on helping them harness supercomputing to speed discovery and create competitive advantage from the lab bench to the trading floor. Back in November, we...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft acquires the technology assets of Interactive Supercomputing (ISC)

    Hello everyone, Today, I’m very excited to announce that Microsoft has acquired the technology assets of Interactive Supercomputing (ISC), a company that specializes in bringing the power of parallel computing to the desktop and making high performance computing more accessible to end users. This...
  • Blog Post: Supercomputers can do Windows

    The supercomputing world publishes a list twice a year of the 500 most powerful supercomputers. Conveniently, it's called the Top500 project . The list is part bragging rights (among vendors) and part trends tracking (among scholars). But without a doubt, the list represents the who's who of supercomputing...
  • Blog Post: Windows CCS from your desktop

    I'm not talking about deskside HPC clusters , but rather learning more from your desk about the new Windows Server edition for running parallel applications on HPC clusters. First you can start with Scientific Computing, which is hosting a webcast on high-performance computing going mainstream. Speakers...
  • Blog Post: Essential Business Server blog

    The team behind Windows Essential Business Server 2008 for midsized companies (part of the newly announced Windows Essential Server Solutions family and formerly known as "Centro") has launched a team blog here . Group Program Manager Eric Watson provides the introduction: In this Blog, key people...
  • Blog Post: WinHEC 2007: 64bit server OS

    At some point along the way, you've probably been given this advice about public speaking: (1) tell them what you're going to say; (2) tell them; and (3) tell them what you've said. I've always found that to be good guidance, yet so easy to overlook or disgard because there's so much I want to say. ...
  • Blog Post: Parallel Computing and the Imagine Cup

    Imagine Cup , Microsoft’s global technology competition, had more than 300,000 student participants from 100 countries this year - and for the first time in its seven year history, the competition featured a challenge focused on parallelism . This is yet another sign that parallel computing is becoming...
  • Blog Post: Personal Supercomputing Goes Quad Core

    "Quadrophenia" is how CNET charaterized it. At Intel Developer Forum this week, Intel is showing off its forthcoming "Clovertown" quad-core processor for servers. Catch Intel's podcast previewing its announcement of the quad-cores. Today at IDF we participated in a personal supercomputing demo that...
  • Blog Post: Wall Street's Interest for HPC Grows

    It's been a while since I posted about Windows CCS (the high-performance computing edition of Windows Server 2003). Just because I've been radio silent, doesn't mean others have been. In fact, we launched a new Web site geared toward the industries like financial services, manufacturing, oil & gas...
  • Blog Post: Download beta of new Windows HPC Server 2008

    For those of you interested in parallel computing and high performance computing, you'll take note that today we released the first public beta of V2 of Windows Server 2008 for HPC clusters. The V2 product is called Windows HPC Server 2008. The product currently in the market is called Windows Computer...
  • Blog Post: 10 Things about Windows CCS that You Won't Read Anywhere Else

    Windows Compute Cluster Server has been RTM'd, and the bloggers and press are running their stories. And you can watch/listen to Zane talk about Windows CCS at the Virtual TechEd site. And of course you can go to the Windows CCS site for technical details, white papers and the (fairly) new community...
  • Blog Post: Windows CCS lab tour for developers and ISVs

    For ISVs and developers who want to build parallel apps for Windows CCS, you should try to attend one the upcoming lab in Redmond or the labs next year in Redmond, Copenhagen or Munich. Following is a quick description and check out the agenda . These 3-day Platform Adoption Labs(PAL) will provide...
  • Blog Post: SC06 - Grids, Clusters and Linguine All' Aragosta

    While David Lowe and folks are getting mid-60s in Barcelona at IT Forum, there's a bunch of us enjoying the sun (through the convention center windows) and heavy-number crunching computing in Tampa at Supercomputing 2006. You can see video highlights of the conference at WinHPC.org . Others from the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 R2 and Xeon 7500 Pairing is Well Received

    Intel’s announcement yesterday of its new Xeon 7500 server CPU platform (previously known as the Nehalem EX) is generating a good deal of optimism, especially when its contrasted with new features in Windows Server 2008 R2 that take advantage of all that these new silicon marvels have to offer. The new...