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Microsoft Eyes AI Supercomputer on Azure

Oct 3, 2016 |

Microsoft is jumping on the artificial intelligence bandwagon with the formation of a new research group that will seek to make the technology more accessible via its Azure cloud while helping to deliver new capabilities across applications, services and infrastructure. The infrastructure portion of the effort focuses on combining the processing engines like GPUs and Read more…

AWS Beats Azure to K80 General Availability

Sep 30, 2016 |

Amazon Web Services has seeded its cloud with Nvidia Tesla K80 GPUs to meet the growing demand for accelerated computing across an increasingly-diverse range of workloads. The P2 instance family is a welcome addition for compute- and data-focused users who were growing frustrated with the performance limitations of Amazon’s G2 instances, which are backed by three-year-old Nvidia GRID K520 graphics cards.

Microsoft Puts GPU Boosters on Azure Cloud

Sep 29, 2015 |

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…

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.