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

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Digipede and Velocity

June 9th, 2008 · 2 Comments

The world is indeed getting smaller — and quicker, and better connected. And you might as well talk about what you’re doing, because smart well-connected people will figure everything out immediately anyway.

Case in point: Marc Adler’s recent post about Velocity, in which he says:

. . . It is no secret that the most prevelant use of object caches on Wall Street is with Grid Computing. How will Velocity interface with Compute Cluster? How about Digipede (if I know John Powers, he probably has support for Velocity already)?

Well, Marc, if you’re going to post on Sunday mornings, you may not get instant confirmation of your clever guesses, but now it’s Monday afternoon, so I can confirm — yes, we have a working PoC in the lab at Digipede, proving (to ourselves at least) that the Digipede Network and Velocity work great together. And yes, it provides significant performance improvements for certain types of activities important to Wall Street folk.

If anyone is still wondering why we chose .NET as the basis for our grid computing software, this is just the latest example — Microsoft just keeps giving us great free stuff on which to build. The Velocity CTP came out last week; this week, we have working code that provides real benefits.

Rob just posted his initial comments; there will be more.  And we’ll have feedback for the Velocity team.  Watch this space (and Rob’s, and Dan’s…).

Tags: Grid applications · Partnering with Microsoft

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ankur Agrawal // Jun 22, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    Hi John

    Great to hear that you are using Velocity.
    You have mentioned that:
    “it provides significant performance improvements for certain types of activities important to Wall Street folk”

    It will be helpful and interesting to know if you have any comparative numbers in this regard and also the related scenario.

    Ankur Agrawal-MSFT

  • 2 Sarah on Distributed Caching // Nov 3, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Although Velocity has made progress from CTP1 to CTP2, it still leaves much to be desired. It will be some time before they provide all the important features in a distributed cache and even longer before it is tested in the market. I wish them good luck.

    In the meantime, NCache already provides all CTP2 & V1, and many more features. NCache is the first, the most mature, and the most feature-rich distributed cache in the .NET space. NCache is an enterprise level in-memory distributed cache for .NET and also provides a distributed ASP.NET Session State. Check it out at http://www.alachisoft.com.

    NCache Express is a totally free version of NCache. Check it out at http://www.alachisoft.com/rp.php?dest=/ncache/ncache_express.html.

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