February 2011 Entries

Azure Grid Computing - Worker Roles as HPC Compute Nodes

Overview · With HPC 2008 R2 SP1 You can add Azure worker roles as compute nodes in a local Windows HPC Server cluster. · The subscription for Windows Azure like any other Azure Service - charged for the time that the role instances are available, as well as for the compute and storage services that are used on the nodes. · Win-Win ? - Azure charges the computer hour cost (according to vm size) amortized over a month – so you save on purchasing compute node hardware. Microsoft wins because you need ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 22, 2011 10:12 AM | Comments (1)

C# Neural Networks with Encog

Neural Networks · I recently read a book Introduction to Neural Networks for C# , by Jeff Heaton. http://www.amazon.com/Intro... Not the 1st ANN book I've perused, but a nice revision. · Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) are a mechanism of machine learning – see http://en.wikipedia.org/wik... , http://en.wikipedia.org/wik... · Problems Not Suited ......

Posted On Friday, February 4, 2011 2:34 PM | Comments (6)

Azure Futures - Distributed Computing and Number Crunching

"the biggest Azure customers today are the ones using HPC on-premises at the current time" - http://www.zdnet.com/blog/m... Orleans Framework for cloud computing - http://research.microsoft.c... HPC on Azure - http://www.zdnet.com/blog/m... ......

Posted On Thursday, February 3, 2011 7:41 AM | Comments (0)

Excel Solver vs Solver Foundation

I recently read a book http://www.amazon.com/Scien... - the Excel Scientific and Engineering Cookbook. The 2 main tools that this book leveraged were the Data Analysis Pack and Excel Solver. I had previously been aquanted with Microsoft Solver Foundation - this is a full fledged API for solving optimization problems, and went beyond being a mere Excel plugin - it exposed a C# programmatic ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 1, 2011 11:00 PM | Comments (5)

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