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  • 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...
  • New High Performance Capabilities for Windows Azure

    We are excited to announce availability of new compute intensive VM sizes for Cloud Services. The new A8 and A9 instances provide an Intel processor with 8 and 16 cores respectively, 7 GB of RAM per core, and a backend 32 Gbps InfiniBand network for low...
  • RDMA in Windows Azure

    Hello from SC13 in Denver. We are excited to be here and talk with you about Big Compute and HPC at Microsoft. Our team is showing demos for Windows Azure and Windows Server with the HPC Pack, and we have partners including GreenButton and Violin Memory...
  • Why Windows Azure

    I spent last week meeting with customers and partners about Windows Azure. Some of them are working with us and pushing the limits, and others are evaluating Azure. Here’s one perspective on “ Why Windows Azure? ” from Dave Fellows...
  • HPC Pack 2012 SP1 Available

    I’m pleased announce that Service Pack 1 for HPC Pack 2012 is available for download . Our focus for SP1 is Azure Burst scale and robustness. A principal of the cloud is to design for failure. We’ve learned a lot from working with customers...
  • Big Compute @ Microsoft

    Customers and partners have been asking us what the recent Microsoft organization changes mean for HPC. What does it mean for HPC? The answer—full steam ahead. We call our workload “Big Compute.” Big Compute applications typically...
  • 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...
  • HPC Pack SOA Tutorial V: Diagnose a SOA Service

    It’s not an easy job to write an HPC application with complex algorithms, but it’s even more difficult to troubleshoot the application. This tutorial is to introduce how to diagnose the SOA application. Get SOA logs In HPC Pack 2012...
  • HPC Pack SOA Tutorial IV – Common Data

    With multiple tasks running on an HPC cluster, often, many tasks work with a shared data set. For example, a stock risk analysis program can run a large number of simulations against a set of historical stock market data. In this example, each SOA request...
  • HPC Pack SOA Tutorial III – Interactive mode

    In tutorial II we discussed how to deal with a time-consuming service by employing a durable session. However, batch mode is not the only computation mode in the HPC world. Some computations can be finished within a few seconds to a few minutes. The end...
  • HPC Pack SOA Tutorial II – Batch mode

    In the last blog post , we implemented a simple SOA client and service. However in most cases, the HPC algorithm is not as simple as adding two numbers. Some services are more complex and run for hours. For such services, the end user normally submits...
  • HPC Pack SOA Tutorial I – Write your first SOA service and client

    This series of blog posts introduces the SOA programming model for Microsoft HPC Pack 2012. This is the first blog post of the series and provides guidance to write your first SOA service and client. See the accompanying code sample to follow the steps...
  • Updating SOA service for HPC Pack 2012

    If you are running service oriented architecture (SOA) services on an HPC Pack 2008 R2 cluster, the 2012 release of HPC Pack requires the SOA services to be compiled with .NET Framework 4 or a later version. If you have any SOA services compiled with...
  • Announcing the release of HPC Pack 2012

    Announcing the immediate availability of the next major version of Windows HPC software: HPC Pack 2012 The fourth 'major version' of the HPC software brings improved performance and reliability to the HPC platform, simplifies the installation experience...
  • Congrats to our Visual Studio buddies!

    Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 have launched. The live keynote videos are over, but will be available for on-demand viewing tomorrow on http://www.visualstudiolaunch.com/vs2012vle/Home You can read about Visual Studio Express 2012 over on the VS team...
  • Announcing the HPC Pack 2012 Beta Program

    I am pleased to announce the start of the HPC Pack 2012 Beta Program! The 4th major version of our HPC software line following the Compute Cluster Pack, HPC Pack 2008, and HPC Pack 2008 R2 releases, the HPC Pack 2012 release brings a batch of new functionality...
  • Announcing the HPC Pack 2008 R2 Service Pack 4 and Windows Azure HPC Scheduler updates!

    As part of the spring WIndows Azure release, I'm pleased to announce that the HPC team has also released a set of updates: Service Pack 4 for the HPC Pack 2008 R2 family of software Our first update to the Windows Azure HPC Scheduler development...
  • Windows Azure Service Disruption on Feb 29th, 2012

    For our HPC partners and customers that use Windows Azure, you may have experienced problems on Feb 29th. Bill Laing, the VP for Server and Azure, made a blog post outlining the issue in a decent amount of detail. It is an interesting read over on...
  • REST API docs on MSDN

    I know there were a bunch of folks waiting on this, so I'm happy to say the REST API documentation for the HPC Pack 2008 R2 SP3 release is available. Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 2 (SP2) provides access to the HPC Job Scheduler Service...
  • Interoping Windows HPC SOA from Java (or other non-.NET environment)

    When working with our customers to adopt Windows HPC cluster, some of them asked for interop capability so that they can integrate legacy Linux or Java based application into Windows HPC infrastructure. After a major release (Windows HPC Server 2008 R2...
  • Announcing the Windows Azure HPC Scheduler and HPC Pack 2008 R2 Service Pack 3 releases!

    Once again I get the honor of announcing, on behalf of the Microsoft High Performance Computing team, our latest releases are available immediately! Our new Windows Azure HPC Scheduler development kit, and the third update to the HPC Pack 2008...
  • Preview of Windows Azure Scheduler and the HPC Pack 2008 R2 Service Pack 3 releases now available

    Microsoft's High Performance Computing team has just made our 'release candidate' for two products available: The HPC Pack 2008 R2 Service Pack 3 and the Windows Azure Scheduler SDK . The HPC Pack service pack is an update to the same Windows HPC cluster...
  • HPC presentation from BUILD

    Come watch our development manager, Greg Burgess, give a talk on how HPC applications can be made to work in Windows Azure. Windows Azure is an ideal environment for deploying compute-intensive apps that take advantage of the scale-on-demand capability...
  • Database capacity planning

    We've just published new guidance on how to do capacity planning and tuning for the database that runs your HPC Pack 2008 R2-based cluster. Visit Database Capacity Planning and Tuning in Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 and then let us know what you think...
  • Enabling tracing for HPC SOA applications

    When helping our customers troubleshoot HPC SOA applications and cluster infrastructure, we realized that SOA trace is a very powerful tool when physical or remote logon is not available to the cluster. (Which happens a lot given that HPC is always a...