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Digipede Webinar, November 1
Dan Ciruli and Nathan Trueblood will be running a webinar on the DN, showing how to speed up applications. They do a great job of giving an overview of its power and functionality. The focus of this webinar will be financial applications. Sign up to find out how our product can help you do more. Faster. Go here for details on what will be covered and to sign up. It is scheduled for 10AM Pacific and will be about 30 minutes ......

Posted On Friday, October 28, 2005 10:55 AM

Dan is off to Code Camp

Dan is off to Code Camp in Seattle this weekend.  He'll be talking on Sunday @ 3 about grid-object oriented programming (what he calls GOOP).  He'll be talking about that and showing the Digipede Network at the same time.

If you are going to be there drop by and see him.

Posted On Friday, October 21, 2005 4:54 PM

Distributed / Grid / Controls?
Dan's post (Grids? Clusters? Distributed Computing?) explains why we refer to the Digipede Network as “Grid Computing for Windows“. Several speakers at the recent Microsoft eScience Workshop defined Grid as well and many others steered away from the term altogether. As Ian Foster and Carl Kesselman are generally credited with the definition of this term (from his book), there are many people who think of Grid as being exactly Globus. To these people, Grid means large, complex, multi-organizational, ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 11, 2005 5:52 AM

eScience / Savas Parastaditis
Savas Parastaditis gave a talk on his White Dwarfs application and the WS-GAF work he did while at University of Newcastle. He had the worst timeslot of anyone in the workshop: It was after dinner and we were all getting pretty tired. The workshop had started over 12 hours before (and aside from a few breaks) was packed with content. Anyway, Savas did a good job with his talk. The White Dwarfs application is an interesting application that brought together existing data to help astronomers search ......

Posted On Monday, October 10, 2005 4:46 AM

eScience / Marvin Theimer
I am getting behind in my blogging: I missed the second day of the eScience event, took most of Friday off and went camping with my family. What a beautiful weekend! Here is the start of my (short) wrap-up to the event. Marvin Theimer, architect for the new offering (I believe it is now called Compute Cluster Server) from the Microsoft HPC group, stood in for Kryil Faenov to talk about Microsoft’s view of the changes coming in the HPC industry. For version 1.0, they seem to be more and more ......

Posted On Monday, October 10, 2005 4:44 AM

eScience / Patrick Hogan
Patrick Hogan showed off the work his group is doing at NASA: World Wind. Think Virtual Earth and Google Earth packaged in a slick smart client layered with scientific data fetched from data warehouses from around the world. Check it out here: http://worldwind.arc.nasa.g... He really wowed the audience with: Multiple satellite views USGS topographic maps Place information (the kind of stuff you see on a political map) Elevations in relief Seismic / weather data And more, all in a zoomable ......

Posted On Friday, October 7, 2005 2:31 PM

eScience / Dan Werthimer
Dan Werthimer talked a bit about SETI@Home and BOINC. This is a very well-known project run from my alma-mater. He talked about several ways over time that people have tried (or suggested trying) to tell extra-terrestrial life that we are here. None of these were funded. He makes the point that there was no funding until Voyager, which he called "Porno in space". If you don't get this, look for the plaque on the side of Voyager (or recall V'ger). His whole talk was pretty amusing. A mix of SETI science ......

Posted On Thursday, October 6, 2005 11:17 AM

eScience / David Lifka
David Lifka leads the Cornell Theory Center (i.e., the CTC). If you are (still) questioning the viability of Windows for cluster computing, you should check out the work they have done. They offer a free workshop – I went last year. Interesting content plus you get to check out their visualization cave! He spoke about what they do there and more of the story: Windows, IIS, SQL Server, Web services, Visual Studio, . . . All together this makes an excellent platform for computing. David brought ......

Posted On Thursday, October 6, 2005 8:34 AM

eScience / Marty Humphrey
Marty Humphrey directs the group that builds WSRF.NET. WSRF.NET is both an alternative to the Globus reference implementation (built on Java / Tomcat, . . .) and a toolkit for developing WSRF-compatible Web services using ASP.NET. See this paper for a good overview of WSRF/WSRF.NET (note that isn't the purpose of this paper, but it does it just the same). The grid-standards community owe these UV guys a big thanks for taking the standards and building an alternate implementation – further validating ......

Posted On Thursday, October 6, 2005 8:11 AM

eScience / Jim Gray
Here at the Microsoft eScience event – my special thanks to the organizers. Apparently I wasn't registered! No problem – they will get me a badge during the break. Jim Gray kicked off the event with a historical view of science – that we have now gone into the era of data analysis. This is clearly the case in many different scientific domains: the sheer amount of measurements being taken, collected, and stored is phenomenal. Analyzing this data. He described how on a 15-20M astronomy ......

Posted On Thursday, October 6, 2005 6:27 AM

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