UAE University powers learning with Windows technology
Academic institution deploys Windows HPC Server 2008 in undergraduate student lab
The United Arab Emirates University has become the first educational institution in the Gulf to deploy Microsoft Windows High Performance Computing (HPC) Server 2008 for teaching purposes.
It will be used to help undergraduate students of the UAE University's College of Information Technology the latest developments in the fields of parallel computing and multi-core processing. The first student lab consists of 20 compute nodes but with its next phase, the University will deploy Windows HPC Server 2008 on 100 servers for conducting computational research. In addition, the lab will be used to train industrial HPC users from sectors such as Oil and Gas, Finance and Manufacturing.
"Our collaboration with Microsoft is part of the United Arab Emirates University's commitment to providing students with the highest levels of technical and professional training programs," said Dr. Eyad Abed, dean of the College of Information Technology at UAEU. "An important part of that vision is creating an advanced learning environment, by having a powerful technology infrastructure that can be integrated into our curriculum."
Microsoft is also conducting several training sessions and workshops for faculty members in the areas of parallel computing, multi-core processing, and scientific computing to enable them to deliver courses effectively.
"The Microsoft HPC and multi-core technologies allow UAEU to easily create highly scalable applications. As HPC Server 2008 is based on Windows server technology, researchers and developers benefit from the zero to flat learning curve. In contrast to other HPC technologies that are available on the market, the Microsoft HPC approach enables users to start quickly with one single solution without combining various technologies," added Dr. Torsten Langner, HPC technology lead, Microsoft EMEA.