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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: Microsoft MPI v6 release

    We are happy to announce the release of the newest version of Microsoft MPI (MS-MPI). MS-MPI v6 is the successor to the Microsoft MPI v5 redistributable package (released in November 2014). You can download a copy of MS-MPI v6 from the Microsoft download center here . MS-MPI v6 includes the following...
  • 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: Azure Batch Preview

    I am excited to announce the preview of Azure Batch , a new Azure platform service that provides job scheduling and large-scale resource management for developing and delivering Big Compute applications native in the cloud. What is Batch? Azure Batch originated from seeing our customers repeatedly...
  • Blog Post: Preview of 2012 R2 Update 1 and HPC Pack image in Azure and are now available

    We are happy to announce the HPC Pack 2012 R2 Update 1 Preview and HPC Pack VM image in Microsoft Azure are now available. The HPC Pack VM image is available in Preview in the Azure VM image gallery. For HPC Pack 2012 R2 Update 1 Preview, you can download a copy of all the related documentation, tools...
  • Blog Post: The Beta release of MS-MPI v5 is now available

    We are happy to announce today the Beta release of the newest version of Microsoft MPI (MS-MPI). MS-MPI v5 Beta is the pre-release version for the successor to HPC Pack 2012 R2 MS-MPI Redistributable Package (v4.2.4400, released on 1/14/2014). You can download a copy of MS-MPI v5 Beta from the...
  • Blog Post: New Regions with High Performance Capabilities

    Following closely on the heels of two recent announcements about new high performance capabilities on Microsoft Azure ( HPC Team blog , Azure blog ), we are happy to announce that we are adding support for A8 and A9 compute intensive instances in 2 new regions: US South Central and Europe North . ...
  • 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: Announcing the MSMPI Debugger Extension Beta

    Update: The MSMPI Debugger Extension is now shipped as part of HPC Pack 2012 SP1 Toolpack. You can get to the download page from the MSMPI landing page http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb524831(v=vs.85).aspx The MSMPI Debugger Extension (MSMPIDBG) is an extension to Windows Debugger ...
  • Blog Post: Run Batch Workload on a Mixed Infrastructure (Windows Azure Worker Nodes & On-Premise HPC Server 2008 R2 Compute Nodes)

    With the introduction of SP1 of HPC Server 2008 R2 it is possible to run workload on Windows Azure. If you want to be able to off-burst your batch application (= extending the infrastructure from classic on-premise servers to cloud based Azure worker nodes) you need to set specific environment variables...
  • Blog Post: Activation Filter - New Options in Beta 2

    Activation Filters are used to provide the administrator of a Windows HPC cluster with a mechanism to verify and modify jobs before they are run. For example, a Windows HPC Server 2008 Activation Filter receives the job xml which might contain license requests. The filter could parse the xml, find the...