Today at its AzureCon, Microsoft expanded the capabilities of its public cloud, Azure, with the addition of N-series GPU-enabled virtual machines available over a fast RDMA network. The company also announced that it is reducing prices on its high-end instances, A8-A11. Jazon Zander, corporate vice president at Microsoft Azure, began by presenting a view of Azure Read more…
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…
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…
Conspicuously missing from Microsoft’s recent corporate reorganization was any mention of the company’s HPC group, which develops a cluster-enabled version of Windows Server, among other products. That absence doesn’t mean a thing, and the program is going “full steam ahead,” the manager in charge of Microsoft’s HPC program said this week.
Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer announced a major restructuring effort today in a company memo in which he outlined the company’s plan to consolidate its many disparate divisions under very few large thematic umbrellas. While the technical computing group has already been part of its Azure cloud division for some time, the act of….
Microsoft and Oracle surprised the cloud computing space yesterday by announcing a partnership that would offer Oracle software on the Azure platform. According to Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, the two, who have been known rivals for years, have been actually working together behind closed doors for a time.
When considering moving excess or experimental HPC applications to a cloud environment, there will always be obstacles. Were that not the case, the cost effectiveness of cloud-based HPC would rule the high performance landscape. Jonathan Stewart Ward and Adam Barker of the University of St. Andrews produced an intriguing report on the state of cloud computing, paying a significant amount of attention to the problems facing cloud computing.
After a lengthy incubation phase, Microsoft is finally ready to release its IaaS product into the wild. AWS, look out.
Cloud computing has made the exchange of information between financial companies and the European community complicated.