Another November, another Supercomputing conference (SC'06). This year we were in Tampa, Florida, a nice change from grey and rainy Southampton. It certainly was hot, in the 80s Fahrenheit, but the thunderstorms are pretty torrential too!
Well, November 9th was an interesting day... A quick trip to Brussels to the Microsoft Executive Briefing Centre for the Microsoft Research EU Innovation Day 2006. These have been running for a few years now, and it is an opportunity for Microsoft to show off all of the funky research they are doing in Europe and around the world!
If you want to see how Windows Workflow Foundation can be used for technical computing, then you can read the Southampton Institute's paper entitled 'Leveraging Windows Workflow Foundation for Scientific Workflows in Wind Tunnel Applications' here...
Find out more about Windows Workflow Foundation here...
And keep up to date with Paul Andrew's blog @ http://blogs.msdn.com/pandrew/default.aspx
Find out more about what's happening at the Southampton Institute for HPC by downloading our posters @ http://www.soton.ac.uk/ses/research/mshpci/posters.html
Can you build a Windows supercomputer from parts and run a parallel Fluent CFD calculation for an airliner in a day?
The HPC Institute at Southampton set this challenge to a dozen 17 year olds, and they did it! Not only that, they flew their designs in Microsoft Flight Simulator too 🙂
See the video to find out more:
This residential course at Southampton was run by the Smallpeice Trust, and was sponsored by Microsoft Research Cambridge. Powered by Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003, of course!