Windows HPC Server and Windows Azure: High-Performance Computing in the Cloud
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
One of the most obvious uses of cloud platforms is in high-performance computing. In many ways, HPC is all about processing power, and so using the cloud to provide CPUs on demand is attractive.
In the Microsoft world, high-performance computing is supported by Windows HPC Server, while processing power on demand is provided by Windows Azure. It shouldn't be surprising that these two technologies have been brought together. To explain this combination, I've written a Microsoft-sponsored paper that describes high-performance computing in the cloud using Windows HPC Server and Windows Azure.
, the paper doesn't assume prior knowledge of either technology. Instead, the goal is to provide a big-picture introduction to using the two together, giving you a sense of what the combination allows and why it's interesting.