[Beowulf] Microsoft acquires the technology assets of Interactive Supercomputing (ISC)

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Wed Sep 23 06:26:05 PDT 2009



Microsoft acquires the technology assets of Interactive Supercomputing (ISC)

Hello everyone,

Today, I’m very excited to announce that Microsoft has acquired the
technology assets of Interactive Supercomputing (ISC), a company that
specializes in bringing the power of parallel computing to the desktop and
making high performance computing more accessible to end users.  This move
represents our ongoing commitment to parallel computing and high performance
computing (HPC) and will bring together complementary technologies that will
help simplify the complexity and difficulty of expressing problems that can
be parallelized.  ISC’s products and technology enable faster prototyping,
iteration, and deployment of large-scale parallel solutions, which is well
aligned with our vision of making high performance computing and parallel
computing easier, both on the desktop and in the cluster.

Bill Blake, CEO of ISC, is bringing over a team of industry leading experts
on parallel and high performance computing that will join the Microsoft team
at the New England Research & Development Center in Cambridge, MA.  He and I
are both excited to start working together on the next generation of
technology for researchers, analysts, and engineers, as well as those who
have yet to be exposed to the benefits of parallel computing and HPC
technologies or may have thought they were out of reach.

We have recently begun plans to integrate ISC technologies into future
versions of Microsoft products and will provide more information over the
coming months on where and how that integration will occur. Beginning
immediately, Microsoft will provide support for ISC’s current Star-P
customers and we are committed to continually listening to customer needs as
we develop the next generation of HPC and parallel computing technologies.
I’m looking forward to the opportunities our two combined groups have to
greatly improve the capability, performance, and accessibility of parallel
computing and HPC technologies.

You can find more information on HPC and parallel computing at Microsoft in
these links and stay up to date on integration news and updates at Microsoft
Pathways, our acquisition information site.

Kyril Faenov

General Manager, High Performance & Parallel Computing Technologies

Filed under: HPC, High Performance Computing, windows hpc server 2008,
Parallel Computing

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