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  • Virtual HPC Cluster Deployment on Hyper-V

    If you want to setup and deploy a cluster with Windows HPC Server 2008 April CTP build on a single laptop or desktop, or if you want to build a bigger cluster with more nodes on a few powerful machines, here is a step-by-step document to help you achieve...
  • Submitting and Managing Jobs with Windows PowerShell

    For me, one of the most exciting new features in Windows HPC Server 2008 is our Windows PowerShell interface. It's not only incredibly powerful, it's quite easy to learn! And it's very useful for posting demos and examples up here. So I figured it made...
  • Safety in Numbers

    Safety in Numbers? Welcome to my first ever Blog entry, I’ve resisted entering the Blog-o-sphere up to now, but who will speak up for the actuarial users of Windows HPC tools if not me? My first Post title is pretty clearly a play on words...
  • How that Node/Socket/Core thing works

    This week, I’d like to take some time to explain how a new feature, Multi Level Resource Allocation, can help you get the most out of your applications. The basic explanation for this feature is that when creating a job, you can choose at what granularity...
  • How to use C shell and Korn shell to manage a Windows HPC Server cluster?

    (On behalf of Christina Carter ) Did you know you can use the familiar C shell and Korn shell under SUA (Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications) to call our PowerShell commands? If you have Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista...
  • 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...
  • Help Me Help You - What Modeling packages do you need?

    The Windows Compute Cluster Server (WCCS) has come a long way in building value for the Actuarial Community. After about a year of active communication a nice little ecosystem of modeling tools has begun to build around WCCS and Windows Ccmpute Cluster...
  • Making a Clean Sweep with Windows HPC Server 2008

    Parameter Sweeps are one of the most common types of jobs that get run on HPC clusters, and we've done some work in Windows HPC Server 2008 to make them easier (and faster) than ever. Today I'll dig in a little on what's different and how to take advantage...
  • See You in LA on May 28-30

    The Society Of Actuaries annual health Spring meeting is scheduled for the Hyatt Regency in Century City next week. I'll be presenting in Section 17 1:30 - 3:00 PM along with John Powers and Gordon Jackson. Stop by and introduce yourself. If you...
  • Windows HPC @ TechEd 2008

    Heading to TechEd 2008? Discover some of the exciting technologies the HPC Server 2008 team is working on. Developer Week Sessions INF301 Application Development for High Performance Computing on the Windows Platform, June 5, 10:15AM - 11:30AM,...
  • 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...
  • Too Much Marketing Hype?

    On May 28th I made my first SOA presentation at the Spring Health Conference. I was one of three vendor representatives on a panel covering the Actuaries High Performance Computing Challenge. I thought I gave a reasonable presentation, but after the...
  • Stochastic for Health and Property/Casualty

    Stochastic methods have been well integrated into the Life insurance segment of the industry. From my naive perspective HEalth and to a lesser degree P&C have been unable to benefit from these methods due to a lack of commercial software that exploits...
  • Job Template White Paper is Now Available

    We've posted a white paper on how Job Templates can help you manage your cluster. You can check out the white paper here: https://windowshpc.net/Blogs/jobscheduler
  • HPCv2RC1: Nodes imaged successfully, but show “Provisioning Failed”

    I just installed the brand new RC1 candidate on my head node. I provisioned all 23 nodes of my cluster at once, using the Default compute node template. While going through the “Create a node template” wizard in the To-Do list, I selected the option ...
  • How to Submit a Job

    I was asked today where there was a quick explanation of how to submit a job from the command line, and I realized that I didn't have a really good answer. So I figured I'd do a blog post (first in a while, I know!) on how to do this. Starting Simple...
  • 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...
  • Are Actuarial clusters becoming a real possibility?

    In the past couple of years I've learned just enough about how computational modeling is used in Actuarial science to begin to understand the real possibilities. In a nutshell, I've found the big three applications are general capital model for purposes...
  • MPI Process Placement with Windows HPC Server 2008

    We get an awful lot of questions about how to go about getting the desired process placement across nodes in an MPI job (just check our forums if you don’t believe me), so I thought I’d post here to shed some light on the things that are possible. ...
  • Clusrunning with Windows HPC Server 2008

    One of our most popular features in the Compute Cluster Pack was clusrun (known to you GUI users as “Remote Command Execution”), which allowed you to run a command line command across a set of cluster nodes in parallel, with their output piped back to...
  • 3rd Party Software links

    posted Wednesday, May 24, 2006 5:29 PM by DennisCr | 0 Comments Hi there...I thought that we should kick off the application blog with a good list of apps! The list also includes tools and drivers. This list was previously found on the beta web site...
  • Submitting a simple job to a newly installed CCS

    posted Sunday, May 28, 2006 11:52 PM by NileshL | 1 Comments Just finished installing another brand new cluster running the release candidate binaries of CCS I downloaded via links through http://www.microsoft.com/hpc So, the next logical step that...
  • Commercial Applications on Microsoft Windows CCS

    posted Monday, May 29, 2006 6:23 PM by NileshL | 0 Comments Just saw Dennis' post where Dennis points to some commercial applications for Microsoft Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003. I attended ANSYS user conference a few weeks ago in Pittsburgh...
  • Running MPI ranks/processes on specific nodes

    posted Thursday, June 01, 2006 2:47 PM by NileshL | 0 Comments We have seen this question come up many times...I recall Ming Xu has already shed light on this in another post in another newsgroup but I think this post will make a bit easier for...
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Teplate for Application development for Microsoft Windows CCS

    posted Sunday, June 04, 2006 7:15 PM by NileshL | 1 Comments OK here is a template for Microsoft Visual Studio app development for Microsoft Windows CCS that DennisCr, PhilPen and CaClark helped create and refine. This template makes it easy for...