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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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