from Julie Smith
Saturday I was at Innovative Architects with several of my colleagues prepping labs for an exciting event being held April 27th. It’s the Global Windows Azure Bootcamp and it’s a very cool idea and thing that Microsoft is doing. There will be sessions all over the world (see below map) where Microsoft will be hosting free training on Azure. While we are all training, we will also each deploy a processor to a Global Render Farm. Here is a cute video explaining what a render farm is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VUWrZRCtI8 (this video is a plug for renderfarm.fi , which is a volunteer/free service, NOT affiliated with Microsoft, I just thought it offered a cute and good explanation of what a render farm is.) Here (link) is another video showing creator Alan Smith explaining the render farm he created for Azure.
The session in Atlanta will be hosted by two of my colleagues from Innovative Architects, Vaishali Shah and Rob Bramhill. They have devoted weeks of time to prepping the day and their hard work was very evident yesterday as we were doing final preparations.
I look forward to working more with Azure, specifically creating HDInsight clusters to apply the same type of scalability to data as this Render Farm experiment applies to processing animations.