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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: Update 2 for HPC Pack 2012 R2 is now available

    We are pleased to announce today that Update 2, our newest release of HPC Pack 2012 R2, is now available. The most exciting new feature in Update 2 is the support for Linux on Azure . It allows you to add Linux VMs as compute nodes when you deploy an HPC Pack cluster on Azure. Customers with Linux...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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...