Microsoft Technical Fellow Keynotes on the Reinvention of Computing

Posted by bink on June 27 2007, 4:13 PM. Posted in Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003.

Microsoft’s high-performance computing business gains adoption across industries.

Fresh off the revelation that Microsoft® high-performance computing (HPC) technologies are being widely adopted by customers, software and hardware partners, a technical leader from Microsoft Corp. today discussed how the foundations of computer science and engineering must be reinvented to deal with the mass-market adoption of processors with many computing cores.

In a keynote address at the International Supercomputing Conference in Dresden, Germany, Microsoft technical fellow Dr. Burton Smith talked about new approaches to software development where everyday computer programs must be able to execute in parallel on multiple microprocessor cores, allowing developers to build more powerful, humanistic software applications that incorporate speech, conversation, rich visualization and anticipatory execution of tasks. The many-core inflection point was presented as a new challenge for the computing industry, namely general-purpose parallel computing.

“Our industry and the universities must work together to reinvent not only computing, but also the computing profession,” Dr. Smith said. “The coming years will fundamentally reshape software and transform the way people use and interact with computers. In order for consumers to enjoy performance improvements in the future, mass-market technology providers will have to embrace parallel computing to differentiate and compete. It’s vital that software and hardware adapt to new models of computing.”

Dr. Smith urged commercial vendors to work with the academic and scientific communities to spur the next wave of discovery by creating software, tools and standards to help overcome existing barriers to parallel computing.

Broad Market Adoption for Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003

Since general availability in August 2006, Microsoft Windows® Compute Cluster Server (CCS) 2003 has been adopted in financial services, manufacturing, the oil and gas industry, digital content creation, and biosciences, with HPC cluster deployments ranging in size from distributed departmental clusters to shared clusters as large as 7,000 nodes. Recent customers include aQuantive, Areva Challenge, BAE Systems, Boeing, Bombardier Transportation GmbH, Callaway Golf Co., DALCO/Alinghi, Fraunhofer-Institute for Algorithms and Scientific Computing, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Mitsubishi UFJ Securities, Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (Pty) Ltd. (PBMR), South Florida Water Management District and UniCredit Group (HVB).

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