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  • HPC Pack 2008 R2 SDK with Service Pack 1

    Posted by sumeethevans on February 8 2011, 10:35 PM. Posted in HPC.

    The Microsoft HPC Pack 2008 R2 SDK was designed to provide the tools and content necessary to write parallel applications for the Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 platform. The zip files are subject to the license terms for the SDK.

    The Microsoft HPC Pack 2008 R2 SDK with Service Pack 1, and its supplements, are designed to provide the tools and content necessary to write parallel applications for the Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 platform.The Development Kit consists of several components

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  • CTP of Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 available today!

    Posted by sumeethevans on May 21 2009, 9:08 AM. Posted in HPC.

    It was almost exactly one year ago that we signed off on beta 2 of Windows HPC Server 2008 and today we made available the Community Technical Preview (CTP) of Windows HPC Server 2008 R2. Based on Windows Server 2008 R2, the CTP is a preliminary release, allowing an early preview of planned functionality for HPC Server 2008 R2. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p> <o:p></o:p>In our labs, we’re up and running on Windows Server 2008 R2. We’re regularly running stress runs on Dan Reed’s 1000 node cluster in Microsoft Research, teasing out distributed admin issues with virtual machines that turn our own 540 node cluster into a 2000 node süper-cluster, and using solid state drives to identify database scalability issues. Later this year we’ll do some runs on huge (2000+ node) supercomputers.<o:p></o:p><o:p> </o:p>HPC is becoming part of mainstream computing, and that’s a nice way of saying it can’t fail. We have customers in production and they’ve provided us with a list of great features for our upcoming release. Some of them told us they wanted to use our SOA programming model in mission critical environments. With this CTP we provide the first of many mission critical features, disconnection/reconnection for SOA workloads. Say you submit a million Monte Carlo simulations to the cluster. In the past you would receive the calculations as they were completed, one by one. With our CTP you could submit from your laptop, disconnect, go home, play with the dog, sleep soundly, and come back in the morning to collect the complete set of results. We’ll have additional mission critical features in our future pre-releases.<o:p></o:p><o:p> </o:p>HPC Server 2008 allowed people who weren’t supercomputing geniuses to set up and run a cluster, easily and quickly. Our CTP includes a number of enhancements to our distributed management infrastructure, including the ability to create custom heat maps and use 3rd party reporting tools.<o:p></o:p><o:p> </o:p>Using a cluster should be as easy as using any other network resource. Just like you can connect to a network printer and print jobs, you should be able to connect to a cluster, submit a computationally challenging job, and get the results. Our improved job scheduler includes a number of customer requested features including job progress and pre/post tasks. Pre/post tasks are cool because you can use them to set up and tear down compute nodes. Say you’re doing a bunch of genomic searches. With pre-tasks you could stage parts of the genomic database across your compute nodes, run your searches in parallel, and then clean up when you’re finished. Hey, it’s a simple map/reduce system.<o:p></o:p>

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  • Microsoft and Cray Team up to Bring High Performance Computing Mainstream

    Posted by sumeethevans on September 17 2008, 9:46 PM. Posted in HPC.

    For the first time in the two companies history, Microsoft and Cray have teamed up to offer a powerful mix of what each company does best - - the Cray CX1!  What is the CX1, you ask?  It’s a compact supercomputer running Windows HPC Server 2008, that’s what. It’s the most affordable supercomputer Cray has ever offered, with prices starting at $25,000. This exciting new product is available today and is being announced by Microsoft, Cray and a few others via live webcast at 8:00am, check it out!   <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>It’s high performance and productivity computing that meets the needs of users, IT pros and developers by providing a highly integrated, familiar environment that is the right size and price for departmental and workgroup needs. The CX1 combines compute, storage, and visualization in a single integrated system that’s designed for non-traditional environments like labs, offices. If space is a problem, not to worry, it’s compact enough to fit in a broom closet. <o:p></o:p>

    How can you get one?! It’s as easy as shopping on Amazon.com.  Customers can go online, order the CX1 system using a configurator and pay with credit card. If that’s not making supercomputing mainstream, I don’t know what is.

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  • High-end Windows Server 2008 launch on tap

    Posted by sumeethevans on September 11 2008, 2:59 AM. Posted in HPC.

    Launch-happy Microsoft is set to roll out yet another enterprise product this month: Windows HPC 2008 Server.

    The official date for the rollout is September 22. The venue: The 2008 “High Performance on Wall Street” conference in New York.

    HPC stands for high-performance computing. HPC 2008 Server is the successor to Microsoft’s Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003. Among the product’s features Microsoft has been touting for the past year: new high-speed networking, scalable cluster management tools, advanced failover capabilities, a service oriented architecture (SOA) job scheduler, and support for partners’ clustered file systems.

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  • NASCAR Team Turns to Microsoft HPC to Increase Competitive Edge Before Races

    Posted by vasudev on July 1 2008, 2:22 AM. Posted in HPC.

     In an effort to improve car performance during races, Chip Ganassi Racing has selected a high-performance computing (HPC) solution based on Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003, Microsoft Corp. announced today.

    Chip Ganassi Racing uses computer simulation software to help its NASCAR team determine optimal starting configurations for its cars before each race. With the solution, the team increases its competitive edge by running simulations approximately 38 times as fast as before, providing enough time to run multiple simulations before each race.

    “With Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003, we were able to easily put a solution in place that helps our teams better prepare for race day,” said Mark Paxton, research and development engineering manager for the NASCAR team at Chip Ganassi Racing. “With simulation times reduced from 24 hours to about 30 minutes, we now can run multiple simulations for each race and better tune the situations for each car, track and set of track conditions. Faster simulation times give our car teams more time to rerun simulations if issues arise at the track or expected race-day conditions change.”

    Since its founding as a one-car IndyCar team 18 years ago, Chip Ganassi Racing, based in Concord, N.C., has grown into a highly competitive racing team that competes in the NASCAR Nextel Cup, NASCAR Nationwide, Indy Racing League, Indy Pro and Rolex Grand-AM series. The team has used simulation software for several years, but its usefulness has been limited by the massive computing power required...............................Continue At Source