Other Supercomputing 2010 Developments

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2010-11-19 Print this article Print


Also at Supercomputing 2010, Microsoft announced that by the end of the year it will release Service Pack 1 for Windows HPC Server 2008 R2, allowing customers to connect their on-premises high-performance computing systems to Windows Azure. This capability provides customers with on-demand scale and capacity for high-performance computing applications, lowering IT costs and speeding discovery.

"Users can add Windows Azure resources to enable their jobs to run faster," Faenov said. "Windows HPC Server is now scaling and providing burst capabilities into the cloud."

Faenov said Microsoft started its HPC group six years ago, initially focusing on scientific and research organizations and later on more business-related environments such as financial systems. "We wanted to enable people, including engineers, who were not programmers to be able to extend their applications into high-performance computing environments and the cloud," he said.

In another Supercomputing 2010 development, Microsoft announced that Windows HPC Server has surpassed a petaflop of performance, a degree of scale achieved by fewer than a dozen supercomputers worldwide. The Tokyo Institute of Technology has verified that its Tsubame 2.0 supercomputer running on a Windows HPC Server has exceeded the ability to execute a quadrillion mathematical computations per second. The achievement demonstrates that Windows HPC Server can provide world-class high-performance computing on cost-effective software accessible to a wide range of organizations.

"We saw outstanding performance from Windows HPC Server during our Linpack benchmarking run on Tsubame 2.0," said Satoshi Matsuoka, professor at the Global Scientific Information and Computing Center at Tokyo Tech, in a statement. "It broke the petaflop barrier and was on par with Linux at this scale. Moreover, in power-optimized configuration, it recorded over a gigaflop/watt-nearly three times more power efficient than an average laptop. We were very excited to see this level of performance, given Windows applications will be an important part of our work with our nearly 50 industry partners." 

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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