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Tech Titans Pledge Free Cycles for Climate Change Research

Jul 29, 2014 |

Amazon, Microsoft and IBM are promising to provide free virtual supercomputing and cloud resources to support the US government’s Climate Action Plan and Climate Data Initiative program. The initiatives, which were unveiled earlier today, coincide with a report from the Council of Economic Advisers that explores the economic consequences of delaying action to stem climate Read more…

Microsoft Brings GreenButton Into Azure Fold

May 1, 2014 |

Microsoft announced today its acquisition of New Zealand-based cloud startup GreenButton. A partner of the company’s Azure Windows cloud play since 2011, GreenButton fits well under Microsoft’s “Big Compute” umbrella. Windows Azure General Manager Mike Neil revealed the news this morning in a blog entry, although the terms of the deal have not been disclosed Read more…

Could Microsoft’s CEO Refresh Renew HPC Focus?

Feb 4, 2014 |

It’s been some time since Microsoft folded its Technical Computing group into the more general Azure cloud division—and since that time, the company has been uncharacteristically silent about what the future of HPC will look like. With Windows Server almost invisible on the Top 500 (present only on two mid-list systems, one of which is Read more…

Windows Azure Continues ‘Big Compute’ Rollout

Feb 3, 2014 |

Microsoft is boosting the high-performance computing (HPC) capabilities of its Windows Azure cloud, in keeping with the Big Compute strategy it first revealed during SC12 in November 2012. Just a week after the tech stalwart lowered prices to better compete with cloud king Amazon, it is debuting new high-end instances for its Windows Azure Cloud Services Read more…

From Rendering LOTR to Animating HPC Clouds

Sep 16, 2013 |

Much has been written about the incredible animation work that went on behind the scenes of the Lord of the Rings series, but without the rendering horsepower of high performance systems, none of that would have been possible. In this audio-based interview feature, we talk with the former CIO behind that rendering effort who spun out Greenbutton, an HPC cloud company that…

HPC in the Cloud: Old Wine in New Bottles

Jun 10, 2013 |

Cloud computing has become mainstream in today’s HPC world. In order to enable the HPC researchers who currently work with large distributed computing systems, to bring their expertise to cloud computing, it is essential to provide them with easier means of applying their knowledge.

Windows Azure Ready to Take on AWS

Apr 17, 2013 |

After a lengthy incubation phase, Microsoft is finally ready to release its IaaS product into the wild. AWS, look out.

Top 10 Cloud Stories of 2012

Dec 11, 2012 |

<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpccloud/2012_cloud_image.jpg” alt=”” width=”92″ height=”69″ />As 2012 winds down, it’s time to reflect on the major cloud computing themes and stories of last 12 months. With the “What is cloud?” question finally laid to rest, thanks in large part to the official NIST Cloud Computing Definition, everyone was free to move on with the business of actually building, implementing and managing cloud platforms.

Microsoft Outfits Azure Cloud for Big Compute

Nov 13, 2012 |

<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpccloud/Windows-Azure-cloud_230x.jpg” alt=”” width=”93″ height=”58″ />Microsoft has unveiled a set of “big compute” capabilities for its Windows Azure offering. The company is courting the HPC space with more powerful hardware, new instance configurations, and the updated Microsoft HPC Pack 2012.

Microsoft Outfits Azure Cloud for Big Compute

Nov 13, 2012 |

<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpccloud/Windows-Azure-cloud_230x.jpg” alt=”” width=”98″ height=”62″ />Microsoft has unveiled a set of “big compute” capabilities for its Windows Azure offering. The company is courting the HPC space with more powerful hardware, new instance configurations, and the updated Microsoft HPC Pack 2012.