How many transactions can you see in the following picture?

April 27, 2011

Lately, I mentioned I would  write about Windows HPC Server R2 SP1 and its integration with Windows Azure. Before we get to the basics of how to use the two together, take a look at the following image and answer the following questions (click image to enlarge): I’ve started one large Azure instance under my HPC cluster and ran it for 3 hours. Why do I see 12 computing hours (line 1)? Why are there an additional 6 computing hours (line 2) showing in my bill? ...

MIX 2011-End of day 2

April 14, 2011

At the end of the second day, I went to the Build Fast Web Applications with Windows Azure AppFabric Caching session. The presentation was the standard presentation of AppFabric cache, only from the Windows Azure perspective. I was glad to hear that the release will be by the end of April, because I was waiting for the release in order to test it in our HPC/Azure integration samples. Updates on the release (mainly more sizes for the cache, and ability to use datacenters outside of the US):     ...
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Published article: Windows HPC with Burst to Windows Azure: Application Models and Data Considerations

I’ve written before about the white paper Yaniv and I have been writing for MSDN. I’m pleased to announce that the white paper has been published and can be downloaded from the Microsoft download website. I will continue posting on the subject of Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 and Windows Azure, as we continue to write demos for this environment, and (spoiler…) upgrading our white paper for the coming release of Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 SP2. So if you’re interested in the integration of Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 and Windows Azure (also referred to...

MIX 2011 – Day 2

As I suspected, the keynote of the second day was better and did include information about new releases of the Windows Phone 7 OS release, Silverlight 5 beta, and Kinect SDK for Windows. Since most of the new topics where covered in Gil Fink’s blog post, I’ll just add some photo’s to complete the picture: WP7 searchable jump list: Jaime Rodriguez enthusiastic with WP7: What’s new in Silverlight 5: ...
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Posting about Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 SP1

April 13, 2011

In the past couple of weeks, Yaniv and I have been working on a white paper for Microsoft regarding the integration of Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 SP1 with Windows Azure. If you’re not familiar with HPC (High Performance Computing), and with the Windows HPC Server 2008 R2, I suggest you start by looking at the Windows HPC Server 2008 website, and keep following Yaniv’s blog and mine, as we’ll write more about this subject in the coming weeks. For the entire explanation on how Windows HPC Server integrates with Windows Azure, I suggest you read the...

MIX 2011 Day 1–Sessions

After the keynote, I went to the HTML 5 for Silverlight developers session. It was nice to see how you can use the svg HTML element to create vector graphics in a similar way to the way you create it in Silverlight. At the end of the presentation, he started talking about Silverlight and HTML 5 in the eyes of the decision makers, but he didn’t say anything other than “just choose one and create a good application”. I expected something more profound; I was a bit disappointed. On my way to lunch,...
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MIX 2011 Day 1–Keynote

April 12, 2011

First session of the day – the daily keynote. IE9 & IE10 An improved web browser with better HTML 5 support. It will probably be announcement around September this year ASP.NET MVC 3 Tools New edition of MVC 3 with better scaffolding support, modernizr support for rendering HTML 5 and CSS 3 compatible web pages for earlier browsers. MVC 3 tools also add supports for EF 4.1 support and newer version of jQuery. (The EF version is actually 4.1, it’s hidden by...
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MIX 2011–Day 0

So day zero began with me flying from Israel to Las Vegas through Newark, where I missed my flight due to all the security checks. Luckily there was a flight leaving two hours later, so I was able to get to Las Vegas in a decent hour. Tomorrow starts day 1 of MIX, so I have to get up early (this post was written in 2am) to register. I would probably go this time to the Azure sessions, since it correlates with my current work on Windows Azure and Windows HPC Server (I’ll post...
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