The Windows HPC Team Blog

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The Windows HPC Team Blog

  • A pair of new release updates

    We have released a new set of 'sample code' that uses some of the new features available in the HPC Pack 2008 R2 Service Pack 2 release. You can download it from the SP2 SDK page: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id...
  • Announcing LINQ to HPC Beta 2

    We’re pleased to announce the availability of LINQ to HPC Beta 2. LINQ to HPC enables a new class of data intensive applications for Windows HPC Server by providing a sophisticated distributed runtime and associated programming model for large...
  • HPC Pack 2008 R2 Service Pack 2 (SP2) is now available!

    The second service pack to the HPC Pack 2008 R2 software is now available! This update includes a number of great new features, including Enhanced Azure capabilities, such as adding Azure VM nodes to your cluster, creating Azure node configuration...
  • C++ Accelerated Massive Parallelism

    One of the HPC team’s “sister groups” is the Parallel Computing Platform team, which creates tools that allow developers to efficiently harness the power of multicore processors. We are pleased to say that they have recently announced...
  • Uninstalling HPC Pack 2008 R2

    If for some reason you want to uninstall the HPC Pack 2008 R2 software from multiple computers, read on... HPC Pack 2008 R2 is made up of several different components (for example the Client Utilities and the MPI Redistributable) that get installed...
  • Creating a 'Service Pack integrated' installation point

    If you are only deploying a few new clusters across your network, then applying the latest HPC Pack service pack to each head node prior to deploying its compute nodes is a pretty simple workflow. You install your head node in your favorite way (either...
  • Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 for Windows Server 2008 R2 available for public download

    Hey HPC admins, since some of you are using iSCSI in your clusters here is some information that you may find interesting. It is copied from Jose Baretto's blog . Introduction For the last few years, I’ve been blogging about the Microsoft...
  • 'Dryad' becomes 'LINQ to HPC' !

    A few weeks ago we announced the beta release of Dryad , a capability for big data running on Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft HPC Pack 2008 R2-based clusters with Service Pack 2. There's now a white paper by David Chappell that explains the...
  • Dryad Beta Program Update

    We’re happy to announce that as part of the beta for Microsoft HPC Pack 2008 R2 SP2 we’re shipping a beta of the project code-named “Dryad.” Dryad is Microsoft’s solution for “Big Data”. What’s Big Data...
  • HPC Pack 2008 R2 SP2 Beta Program

    HPC Pack 2008 R2 SP 2 Beta is a pre-release version of the upcoming service pack which will include a number of new features such as: Ability to use Virtual Machines in Azure Ability to run MPI-based applications in Azure Linq to HPC (formerly...
  • Are you running SP1 yet?

    If you have an HPC Pack 2008 R2-based cluster that you have not yet upgraded to SP1 - Why? HPC Pack service packs provide the most current set of fixes to improve stability, reliability, and performance. This particular service pack also included some...
  • power management solution in Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 (SP1) Monitoring Management Pack

    S ummary As Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 (SP1) Green IT offering, we have enabled the power management solution in Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 (SP1) Monitoring Management Pack with two configurable rules: “Calendar-based Power Management Rule”...
  • A few HPC updates for the week

    For everyone who loves the Excel functionality in the HPC Pack 2008 R2 Enterprise version, we have written up some best practices for using the HPC macros . Then we have released an update to the Net work Troubleshooting Report portion of the...
  • HPC documentation updates

    We've published some new topics to the tech net library and the download center recently. Here are the links: · Replacing a Head Node Configured in a Failover Cluster in Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 · V3 glossary · New developer...
  • New HPC Sample Code

    Today we have added an example of how to use Windows Server AppFabric Caching in conjunction with high performance SOA-based applications. The 'Common Data Caching Sample' package contains both a white paper describing the solution as well as some sample...
  • HPC Java Bridge - Enabling Java-to-Java Communication

    HPC Server 2008 R2 SDK SP1 contains sample code that demonstrates the usage of Java on the client side. The framework enables a Java-to-Java communication within HPC Server 2008 R2 SP1. It enables to send Java objects on the client side and process them...
  • 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...
  • 'Network Troubleshooting Report' added to the HPC Pack Toolpack

    'Tool Pack' is the name we use to release various utilities written by the dev team, outside of our main HPC Pack product. Today we are adding one new tool: Network Troubleshooting Report The Network Troubleshooting Report contains a set of diagnostic...
  • Dryad Beta Program Starting

    The HPC team is starting up a new beta program right now, read on for a description and sign-up instructions. Dryad , DSC , and DryadLINQ are a set of technologies that support data-intensive computing applications that run on a Windows HPC Server...
  • HPC Pack 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) now available

    The first 'service pack' for the HPC Pack 2008 R2 product is now available! This update includes the standard reliability improvements that all of our service packs do, but it also adds several new features that you have asked for. Compute nodes can...
  • Highly Available Documentation

    If you are interested in High Availability / Failover Clustering (and really, who isn't?) then this is the post you've been waiting for... Three new topics have been added to our TechNet documenation library. 1) Configuring Windows HCP Server 2008...
  • Microsoft Technical Computing - HPC Server Launch Event

    Earlier this year we announced the 'Technical Computing' initiative at Microsoft, and set up a site at ModelingTheWorld.com . Today we have a launch event in New York, with a keynote presentation from Bill Hilf, the General Manager of the Microsoft...
  • Node XML Editor added to HPC Pack Tool Pack

    'Tool Pack' is the name we use to release various utilities written by the dev team in their spare time. Today we are adding one new tool. The 'Node XML Editor for Excel' - If you are looking for a handy way to create node XML files to efficiently...
  • HPC Pack tool pack updated

    'Tool Pack' is the name we use to release various utilities written by the dev team in their spare time. Today we've released one new tool and an update to an old favorite. Lizard - the good old Li npack tuning wi zard has been updated with some...
  • HPC Pack 2008 R2 and the Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Suite have been released!

    On behalf of the Microsoft High Performance Computing team I am pleased to announce that the HPC Pack 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2 HPC Edition, and Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Suite have hit their 'RTM' (Release to Manufacturing) milestone! This...