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

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Interesting Digipede Win

December 10th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I’ve written here about Digipede’s financial services customers (about half of Digipede’s business is in that market), but today I’ll talk about an interesting project from the other half of our business.  We did a press release today  about the recent sale we made to the US Navy.  You can read that here, so let’s go […]

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Tags: Grid applications · Growth · Press coverage

Good article on Dan’l Lewin in (gasp) the SF Chronicle

June 27th, 2008 · No Comments

The San Francisco Chronicle is not exactly the planet’s leading source of technology news and analysis.  So many of you probably haven’t yet seen Deborah Gage’s excellent article today about Dan’l Lewin, Microsoft’s ambassador to Silicon Valley.  Dan’l is among our most important contacts (and favorite people) at Microsoft, and despite his high-visibility role, many […]

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Tags: Entrepreneurship · Growth · Partnering with Microsoft · Press coverage · Startup Life

Digipede Network V2.1 — Beyond the Press Release

June 5th, 2008 · No Comments

Releasing software is hard. Sure, the individual steps like specifying, developing, testing, documenting, and planning support for new software features are difficult enough — but the discipline of knowing when to STOP adding features, and to focus instead on finishing a complete, polished, release-ready product is tougher than it sounds to those outside the industry. […]

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Tags: Customer Service · Entrepreneurship · Grid applications · Growth · Partnering with Microsoft · Usability

Multi-Core and Grid Computing — New Digipede Video Shows the Way

February 19th, 2008 · 4 Comments

It’s no secret that multi-core computing is the future; Intel and AMD have told us they can’t make a single core go much faster, but they can pack more and more cores onto a single chip. Current operating systems, compilers, and frameworks do little to assist the application architect or developer in taking advantage of this radical change in hardware.  Digipede’s grid […]

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Tags: Grid applications · Growth · Presentations

Must read

July 3rd, 2007 · No Comments

OK, if you’re reading about distributed computing, you’re probably already reading Serial to Parallel to Distributed by Marc Jacobs, but if you’re not, it’s time to start.  Marc is a former Digipede client (at a big secretive asset manager) who has since moved on to the elite financial technology consulting firm Lab49.  Marc writes insightfully […]

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Tags: Compute Cluster Server · Events · Grid applications · Growth · Partnering with Microsoft · Presentations

Suddenly popular

June 27th, 2007 · No Comments

Digipede is growing again. While not yet the size of some grid competitors, we’ve hit a very interesting inflection point this year. There are many clear signs, but I’ll talk about one that may not be visible — except from my desk. At my desk, the phone is ringing and my email box overfloweth — […]

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Tags: Events · Grid applications · Growth · Partnering with Microsoft


June 12th, 2007 · No Comments

Derrick Harris of GridToday wrote a nice piece this morning about Digipede’s recent momentum.  He’s been following us since we launched the Digipede Network almost two years ago, and he hits the highlights in his article today.  Derrick interviewed me by phone for the story, and I guess I must have let slip that the […]

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Tags: Entrepreneurship · Grid applications · Growth · Press coverage

Hedge funds and grid computing, part II

June 11th, 2007 · 1 Comment

So how did the Digipede Network become the grid computing software of choice for hedge funds? The three primary value propositions that we’ve been emphasizing from the beginning resonate particularly well with hedge funds. For those of you who are new to the Digipede message, those propositions are: Performance, Simplicity, and Microsoft focus. And if […]

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Tags: Grid applications · Growth · Partnering with Microsoft

Hedge funds and grid computing, part I

May 31st, 2007 · 1 Comment

Digipede announced another customer win today.  III Offshore Advisors, an innovative hedge fund that uses a lot of computing power in their pricing and risk management models, selected the Digipede Network for their grid.  You can read about it on our Web site; GridToday also picked up the story.  Financial firms are famously competitive, and no niche is more competitive today than […]

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Tags: Grid applications · Growth · Press coverage


May 15th, 2007 · No Comments

I post a lot about our experiences as a partner and customer of Microsoft, and anybody who cares to go back and count knows that most of my posts are positive.  For whatever reason, my complaints / rants tend to get more attention, so I want to re-iterate – our experience with Microsoft is on balance […]

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Tags: Customer Service · Growth · Partnering with Microsoft · Usability