HPC Server 2008 Beta 1 – How to extend the 30 days grace period

Dear community,   With Windows Server 2008 the product key management has changed over Windows Server 2003 and the default grace period to do the activation is 30 days. This is too few for an full evaluation of a cluster, but this period can be reset up to 3 times extending the overall evaluation period…

HPC Application Deployment Scenarios and Redistributable Dependencies

Windows HPC Server 2008 Beta1 introduces 3 new programmatic interfaces to the Compute Cluster Scheduler.  This effectively changes client application deployment scenarios along with client installation dependencies.    Please refer to my blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/philpenn/ for a more detailed commentary.

Windows HPC Server 2008 Beta1 – The Latest Information

Subscribe to the following sites, blogs, and forums for the latest information and user community observations: http://WindowsHPC.net This is where you’re at now…  The official, new, and evolving community site.  Jump to the Microsoft HPC forums from here. http://Archives.WindowsHPC.net This is the old community site and it’s still in use.  Many of us prefer a…

Building native Windows binaries from UNIX code

Are you looking for a convenient and familiar way to port your UNIX code to Windows for use on the CCS platform? There are a few ways to do this. I have just uploaded a document that describes one of those methods using a shell script in conjunction with SUA. This method hinges on the…

MSMPI v1 symbols are available!

  The symbols for MSMPI v1 RTM and SP1 are available on the Microsoft public symbols server @ http://msdl.microsoft.com/download/symbols. You can access the symbols from the debugger (and other tools) using the symbols server symbols path e.g., srv*download_cache_folder*http://msdl.microsoft.com/download/symbols Enjoy.Erez


We are pleased to introduce a new blog category to accomodate all questions, discussions and tips around Windows Server 2008 and Compute Cluster Server performance.  This blog is owned by Xavier Pillons.

Hardware Configuration for Larger Clusters

Hi, I’m Doug and I design & run production Windows Compute Cluster Server clusters for the HPC team at Microsoft. I often get asked “what hardware configuration should I choose for my cluster?” The stock answer is: “it depends.” WCCS will run just fine on two desktop machines connected by an Ethernet mini-hub, but that…