If you’ve ever wanted to take a supercomputer for a test drive, now is your chance. Solve that probabilistic analysis. Figure out some brute force code breaking. Conduct 3D nuclear testing simulations. Or, if you’re more cosmopolitan, do some Molecular Dynamics Simulations. No matter what your supercomputing needs, Cycle Computing will get you there.
Check this out, it’s brilliant: Cycle Computing is a 20-employee company leveraging the cloud computing movement by timesharing virtual supercomputers out to small companies and individuals who would never have had access (read: funds) to such technology. They use virtual clusters by virtually lashing together 50,000 processors from Amazon Web Services, in the cloud, via their own software.
Cloud computing has the ability to transform the developing world, and bring it into the high tech age at lightning speed via what the NY Times calls ‘Gandhi engineering‘. The challenges previously faced by developing countries over reliable power sources, lack of connectivity and expensive equipment costs that were prohibitive for developing areas to modernize are all being addressed by cloud computing. Cloud computing has the potential to create a paradigm shift in the way IT resources are used and distributed, says P. Sinha, Chief Coordinator for R&D at Pune University, India in the Center for Development of Advanced Computing. In India alone cloud computing is projected to grow from a $50 million a year industry to $15 billion in the next few years.
The time has arrived for Microsoft to start ‘showing off’ it’s much talked about ‘cloud power’. There were quite a few technology news articles that were focused on Microsoft venturing into the Cloud Computing arena; and it is about time for them to make some noise which shall enable them to fetch some business. By noise, I mean advertising campaigns.
Though it is a cliché in business, it is worth mentioning here that everything (product or service) that is advertised, is sold; and sold easy. Hence it becomes important for even a B2B (business to business) corporation such as Microsoft to advertise to its target market (evidently both small and big business enterprises).
Open Source Developers will always have more reasons to smile than curse themselves for using Open Source Softwares. A new reason however is Microsoft’s recent declaration at the Open Source India conference, OSI Days 2010, of the availability of a latest range of developer software tools and Software Development Kits (SDKs) for PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) developers who exclusively work on the development of Windows Azure. As stated earlier this announcement comes as a pleasant surprise more so for open source developers (those developing Azure) than anyone else.