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  • Blog Post: Announcing availability of Linux RDMA on Microsoft Azure

    We are excited to announce today the availability of Linux RDMA on Microsoft Azure. With this release, we mark a new milestone in our cloud journey and in our vision to make HPC and Big Compute more accessible and cost-effective for a broader set of users. Linux RDMA makes high-speed, low-latency networking...
  • Blog Post: Big Compute for large engineering simulations

    We recently shared our experience working closely with one of our partners, Schlumberger , and talked about the great solution that we helped them bring to their customers: INTERSECT Simulator in the Cloud . This solution is their high-resolution reservoir simulator, INTERSECT, running in Azure, and...
  • Blog Post: New Architecture Blueprint: Large-Scale Computing – Financial Services

    We are pleased to announce a new Azure architecture blueprint for Large-Scale Computing - Financial Services (PDF download). Financial services organizations in insurance, capital markets, and banking bring complex and challenging large-scale workloads to the cloud. To drive their businesses without...
  • Blog Post: MS-MPI V6.0 Beta announcement

    We are happy to announce today the Beta release of the newest version of Microsoft MPI (MS-MPI). MS-MPI v6 Beta is the pre-release version for the successor to HPC Pack 2012 R2 MS-MPI Redistributable Package (v5.0, released IN November 2014). You can download a copy of MS-MPI v6 Beta from the download...
  • Blog Post: Announcing new Compute Intensive instances

    Today we are announcing two new compute intensive instances: A10 and A11. These new instances have the same performance optimizations as the existing A8 and A9 instances, but do not include the additional RDMA backend network (only the 10 Gbps front end), and are offered at a lower price. We created...
  • Blog Post: HPC Pack 2012 R2 Update 1 and MS-MPI v5 are now available

    We are pleased to announce that the official releases of Update 1 for HPC Pack 2012 R2, and the newest version of Microsoft MPI (MS-MPI) are now available for download. The installation package for HPC Pack 2012 R2 Update 1 is available for download here . As always, HPC Pack includes the latest version...
  • Blog Post: Extending High Performance Capabilities for Microsoft Azure

    We are excited to announce the extension of A8 and A9 support in Azure to include virtual machine (IaaS) options for these sizes running either Windows Server or Linux operating systems. Compute-intensive workloads can take advantage of bringing their own images to Azure and leverage the higher memory...
  • Blog Post: Docs Available for Using A8 and A9 Instances

    Want to try the new A8 and A9 instances for your workloads? Check out this Quick Start topic in the Azure MSDN Library for an overview of the steps to deploy these new compute intensive instances with HPC Pack 2012 R2. If you want more detailed steps and info for running MPI apps on the instances, see...
  • Blog Post: Big Compute @ Microsoft

    Customers and partners have been asking us what the recent Microsoft organization changes mean for HPC. What does it mean for HPC? The answer—full steam ahead. We call our workload “Big Compute.” Big Compute applications typically require large amounts of compute power for hours...