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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.

Quantum Computing Collaboration Between Microsoft and Rambus

Jan 6, 2016 |

Rambus Inc., the chip technology intellectual property vendor, is working with Microsoft Research on future memory requirements for quantum computing. Rambus (NASDAQ: RMBS), Sunnyvale, Calif., confirmed just before the holidays it is collaborating with the software giant (NASDAQ: MSFT) on memory systems for next-generation quantum computing. The promising but largely untested technology is slowly gaining Read more…

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…

Microsoft HPC Program “Full Steam Ahead” After Reorg, Manager Says

Aug 1, 2013 |

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.

Commentary: Microsoft Reorg Sidesteps HPC

Jul 11, 2013 |

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….

The HPC Side of the Microsoft-Oracle Partnership

Jun 25, 2013 |

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.