The Microsoft HPC & Batch Team Blog

The blog for the Big Compute team in Microsoft Azure, working on HPC & Batch services and technologies

The Microsoft HPC & Batch Team Blog

  • 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...
  • 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...