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 third stage… Read more

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 released Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Beta 1.  Our focus for… Read more

Windows Server 2008 R2 to Phase Out Itanium

I’ve written previously about 64-bit and Windows Server and the long, steady adoption of 64-bit computing over the years.  Having been involved in Windows Server support for Alpha processors in the past, and seeing many of the early chapters of 64-bit Windows Server written on Intel’s Itanium architecture, it’s with a sense of nostalgia that… Read more

Windows Server 2008 R2 + Xeon 7500 = Lightning Fast Performance with Mission-Critical Reliability

I just got back from the Intel Nehalem EX (now known as the Xeon 7500) launch event in Boston. I still can’t believe the benchmarks coming out on Windows Server 2008 R2, SQL Server and the Xeon 7500. Performance increases are HUGE when compared to the previous Xeon 7400 and earlier Xeons. The specs are… Read more

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 move represents our ongoing commitment to parallel computing and high performance… Read more

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 increasingly mainstream, and the Imagine Cup proved to be… Read more

Windows HPC Server 2008 RTM's

We’re DONE with HPC Server 2008! We shipped our first beta last November, then a series of CTPs, then a second Beta in May, then a couple release candidates, and now we are FINISHED. 600MB of technical specifications, 500K lines of code, 250 customer based design changes, and 3000 beta downloads. 2 years and 3… Read more

Microsoft and Cray Team up to Bring High Performance Computing Mainstream

For the first time in the two companies history, Microsoft and Cray have teamed up to offer a powerful mix of what each company does best – – the Cray CX1!  What is the CX1, you ask?  It’s a compact supercomputer running Windows HPC Server 2008, that’s what. It’s the most affordable supercomputer Cray has ever… Read more

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 that golfers depends on to… Read more