I’m so excited to see Microsoft has announced it’s Technical Computing Initiative. You can see a bunch of interviewers with key people both inside and outside of Microsoft have to say here
“We did 20 years of research and we never made it easy enough for ordinary morals to program parallel computers. And that is, I think, what Microsoft can bring to the party that we can make these machines usable. And – that’s what excites me about Microsoft’s entry into parallel computing.”
If you’re interested in how parallel computing is needed to meet the demands of the problems science must address in the coming years then “The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery” is worth a read. If you just want to see what can be done when data is aggregated on really large scales then the World Wide Telescope is a good place to start.
Hang on for the ride!