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  • Blog Post: Dryad and DryadLINQ on HPC Server

    Microsoft Research has an interesting project called Dryad which is investigating programming models for distributed data-parallel problems. If you've heard some of the hype around map/reduce programming or the Hadoop framework, you might be familiar with these type of problems. If you have gigabytes...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting Windows HPC WCF/SOA Issues

    HPC uses HPC sessions to support the service-oriented architecture (SOA) programming model based on Windows Communication Foundation (WCF). Sometimes troubleshooting errors from this SOA based applications could be challenging. However this tip I'm about to share should be helpful to figure out exactly...
  • Blog Post: Channel9 Video Presents the New Job Scheduler Features

    Watch the screen-cast at http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=366694 .
  • Blog Post: HPC Visual Studio Command Line Compilation from Powershell

    I admit to an almost perverse fondness for command line environments. So I decided to jump onto PowerShell as my default command line environment because its way more cool than the cmd shell and even a nerd with a penchant for undead languages sometimes worries about being cool to some tiny degree. Only...
  • Blog Post: clusrun.vbs fix to handle name="value" parameters

    I want to install an application on a CCS cluster nodes using MSIEXEC. I use clusrun while have the package available on a share. i want the installation target to be at C:\Program Files\product name location on all nodes. clusrun hangs when I give TARGETDIRECTORY="Program Files\product name" as...
  • Blog Post: HPC Application Deployment Scenarios and Redistributable Dependencies

    Windows HPC Server 2008 Beta1 introduces 3 new programmatic interfaces to the Compute Cluster Scheduler. This effectively changes client application deployment scenarios along with client installation dependencies. Please refer to my blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/philpenn/ for a more detailed commentary...
  • Blog Post: Channel9 Video Presents New Job Scheduler OGF Web Service Interface

    View the screen-cast here: http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=369487
  • Blog Post: Getting JOBID in a perl script

    The following article was the closest one I found when looking for scripting for CCS. I was told `new job ..` will return JOBID but not sure in what format!!- it is actually a string of 4 terms. Was not quite apparent from what was there on the example script which failed to run at the %CCS_JOBID% part...
  • Blog Post: Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) + HPC

    You'll want to review a recent MSDN forum entry regarding this feature now available with Windows HPC Server 2008 (currently in beta). Read more here .
  • Blog Post: HPCv2 Powershell and ActiveDirectory

    One of the big challenges as we get close to shipping Windows HPC Server is closing the door on product changes. Now that we have a lot of internal and external customers using the product, everybody generates lots of great ideas on how to improve it. We call these DCRs (Design Change Request) and we...
  • Blog Post: a powershell problem

    We've gotten reports of an installation glitch that makes it so that node management cmdlets won't work when run from a remote client (they'll work just fine run on the headnode) due to a registry key that doesn't always get set up correctly. Fortunately, there is a simple work around! If you are trying...
  • Blog Post: Converting an iterative sequential application to data parallel using CMD scripts

    I have an application that is based on a sequential iterative call from a command script. It is a Monte Carlo simulation application is essentially easy to put in a data parallel format and deployed to run on CCS cluster easily. Desciption of the sequential iterative version: A main.exe program...
  • Blog Post: How to tell if a .exe file is a 32-bit or 64-bit application using dumpbin

    Goodfolk, One of my customers wanted to know if they had really built a 64-bit application for their cluster. After all, we run WIndows HPC Server on a 64-bit server OS, so why not take full advantage of it? I had a few minutes before I had to get back to them so I thought I'd try to polish the...
  • Blog Post: Channel9 Video about the New Network Direct RDMA Interface

    Check it out here: http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=366683
  • Blog Post: Creating Submission and Activation Filters

    There were a lot of questions about how to use Activation and Submission Filters to help customize queue managmeent and do things like license-aware scheduling. That, on top of some changes made in a QFE , led us to do an updated doc on using filters. You can check it out here: http://technet.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Building native Windows binaries from UNIX code

    Are you looking for a convenient and familiar way to port your UNIX code to Windows for use on the CCS platform? There are a few ways to do this. I have just uploaded a document that describes one of those methods using a shell script in conjunction with SUA. This method hinges on the fact that it...
  • Blog Post: Windows HPC Server 2008 April CTP Released

    Please see the latest Community Technology Preview (CTP) release of Windows HPC Server 2008 at the beta program community site ( http://Connect.Microsoft.Com ). If you aren't yet a registered beta program participant, then you'll first need to join the program using the same web site. This CTP release...