Powers Unfiltered

An entrepreneur’s journey into grid computing and partnering with Microsoft, by John Powers

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New York, New York

June 19th, 2006 · No Comments

I’m at the Securities Industry Association (SIA) Technology Management Conference at the Hilton in midtown Manhattan this week.  I took the redeye on JetBlue last night to make it to a meeting that’s been canceled, I’ve been ineptly “helping” Dan and Nathan set up the Digipede booth (#4506), and have not slept in exactly 24 hours, but I’m STILL in a great mood because I LOVE NEW YORK! 

Born and raised in White Plains, NY (about 30 miles north of my current location), I came into the City many times as a kid.  It still excites me today.  I’m a fully naturalized Californian by now (marrying a California girl can have that effect), but there’s an energy here that does not compare to anywhere else I’ve been. 

We’re looking to make a bit of a splash here this week.  You can see our press release for some of what we’ll be showing, but if you’re in town, come see us in Booth 4506, or in the Microsoft booth (2211), or the HP booth (3106), or in the Microsoft / HP “break room” where we’ll be demonstrating the first .NET-based grid-enabled financial applications running on the new Microsoft Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 (CCS). 

As Dan pointed out in a recent post, CCS had it’s RTM announcement and official unveiling at TechEd last week.  Kyril Faenov and his HPC team emphasized many important features and benefits of this exciting new product before the Microsoft faithful.  This week, we’ll take CCS into a less friendly environment, where Linux and UNIX still occupy much of the market.  We’ll emphasize many of the same points the HPC team did — plus a few more of our own.  We’ll show how to make CCS a key part of a larger grid, incorporating the rest of your Windows desktop and server resources into an unbeatable high-performance, high-throughput computing system — as financial services companies need.

But more on that later; I’ll also comment on the other developments I see here over the next few days.

Tags: Compute Cluster Server · Events · Partnering with Microsoft · Presentations

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