Because Everyone Should Have a Hobby

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Even if it’s just drinking. In my case that means single malt. Now, I never used to like whisky. This is no longer the case thanks to Nicky. She and I lived with for several years above a doctor’s surgery. And Tom, the aforementioned doctor, whose patients gave him bottles ...

HPC Pack SP3 Ships and an Update on LINQ to HPC

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Sometimes things just don’t work out the way you’d expect. I mean really, really not the way you expect. Today Microsoft announced Windows Azure HPC Scheduler and HPC Pack 2008 R2 Service Pack 3 that includes updates to the HPC Pack 2008 R2 and a new Windows Azure ...

Speaking at BUILD: Analyzing “big data” with LINQ to HPC

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

For those of you who haven’t figured it out yet I’ll be speaking at BUILD on Friday afternoon.  (2pm session SAC-453T in room 210b). Analyzing “big data” with LINQ to HPC "Big data" refers to unstructured data sets so ...

LINQ to HPC (formally DryadLINQ) Ships Beta 2

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

The HPC team announced their Beta 2 of LINQ to HPC today. You can read more about this here… Announcing LINQ to HPC Beta 2 We’re pleased to announce the availability of LINQ to HPC Beta 2. LINQ to HPC ...

Code-Named “Dryad” Ships in Beta!

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Well, it finally happened… earlier this week the HPC team shipped their beta and it included Dryad. We’re happy to announce that as part of the beta for Microsoft HPC Pack 2008 R2 SP2 we’re shipping a beta of the project code-named “Dryad.” Dryad is Microsoft’s solution for “Big Data”. What’s ...

Further Down the Rabbit Hole

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

"The time has come," the Walrus said, "To talk of many things: Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax-- Of cabbages--and kings-- ...

Geek Vacation Day #1 & #2: GTC Tutorials and Keynote

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

So after I packed The Susan off home to Seattle it’s time to start my geek vacation in earnest… NVidia’s GPU Technology Conference. Monday was a set of fairly low key tutorials but Tuesday’s keynote by Jen-Hsun Huang, NVIDIA, was very impressive. I’m somewhat jaded when it comes to ...

Parallel Computing: The New Old Thing

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

  This is one of several forthcoming posts on concurrency and parallel computing. Much of the content may end up in a white paper I’m writing to help developers get to grips with concurrent or parallel computing. I’d love to hear your feedback on this. If you think this is helpful ...

Building a Home Supercomputer

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

So having successfully put together a home server my mind started to wonder to desktop super computing and gravitational modeling. Which is when I came across this...  Building home linux render cluster "24 cores that run each at 2.4 Ghz, a total of 48GB ram, and just need 400W ...