I am pleased to announce the start of the HPC Pack 2012 Beta Program!
The 4th major version of our HPC software line following the Compute Cluster Pack, HPC Pack 2008, and HPC Pack 2008 R2 releases, the HPC Pack 2012 release brings a batch of new functionality and support for new software.
Sign up for the beta program by going to the Microsoft HPC Connect beta site, logging in with your Windows Live ID and filling out a quick survey. (If this is your first Connect-based beta program you'll also need to complete a short set of 'profile' questions.)
I am interested in participating in the HPC beta, however, I would to know in advanced if HPC would support the following distributed computing scenario; In essence if I have 3 computers, each with 2 processors (dual proc), 8 GB Ram and with 1 TB HD, I would like to have computer 1 to act as the main computer, computer 2 and 3 to act as resources, thus, from the OS and SQL server perspective, the total hardware resources should be seen as a monolith (a single system) made of: 6 processors, 24 GB Ram, 3 TB.
Is the above specific scenario supported by HPC?
Hi Raffig, that isn't exactly what the HPC Pack does. In an HPC cluster the computers continue to be discrete machines, but they are able to work together if you have applications written to take advantage of a cluster (such as an MPI-based application technet.microsoft.com/.../cc720120(v=ws.10).aspx) or if you have a batch of operations that you can do in parallel.
For additional information check out the Windows HPC TechCenter at technet.microsoft.com/.../cc453771.aspx and there are links to our discussion forums where you can discuss your scenario in more detail.
Do we have an approximate GA date announced date?
The HPC Pack 2012 is now released since 7 days see: blogs.technet.com/.../announcing-the-release-of-hpc-pack-2012.aspx