Azure Batch Service Update – Dec., 2015

We are excited to announce the first major service update of Azure Batch since the service GA in July, 2015. This service update brings multiple new features. Multi-instance task support. Batch service now support MPI type of workloads. Only Windows and MS-MPI combination is fully supported but we are working hard on other OS and…


Announcing the availability of MPI support on Azure Batch

Update: We have a published the detail on azure.com We are happy to announce today the release of MPI support on Azure Batch services. We have released a service update recently with several feature enhancements, MPI support being the most important of them. MPI support is provided through a new feature in Batch called multi-instance…


How to fully use GPU resources to run GPGPU jobs in Microsoft HPC Pack?

With the advent of the Graphical Processing Unit (GPU) as a general-purpose computing unit, more and more customers are moving towards GPU-based clusters to run their scientific and engineering applications. Compared to a traditional CPU, a GPU has a massively parallel architecture consisting of thousands of smaller, more efficient cores designed for handling multiple tasks…

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Microsoft HPC Pack 2012 R2 Update 3 is now available

Today, we are pleased to announce the Update 3 for HPC Pack 2012 R2 is now available. With this latest release of update, HPC Pack gets into some exciting new areas like GPU support, on-premises Linux nodes support and burst to Batch Services. We know that GPGPU in HPC is now getting very popular not…

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Microsoft MPI v7 Beta is now available

We are happy to announce today the Beta release of the newest version of Microsoft MPI (MS-MPI). MS-MPI v7 Beta is the pre-release version for the successor to MS-MPI v6 (v6.0.12436, released on 5/12/2015). You can download a copy of MS-MPI v7 Beta here This Beta version of MS-MPI v7 includes the following features, improvements,…

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Update 2 for HPC Pack 2012 R2 is now available

We are pleased to announce today that Update 2, our newest release of HPC Pack 2012 R2, is now available. The most exciting new feature in Update 2 is the support for Linux on Azure.  It allows you to add Linux VMs as compute nodes when you deploy an HPC Pack cluster on Azure. Customers…


Announcing availability of Linux RDMA on Microsoft Azure

We are excited to announce today the availability of Linux RDMA on Microsoft Azure. With this release, we mark a new milestone in our cloud journey and in our vision to make HPC and Big Compute more accessible and cost-effective for a broader set of users. Linux RDMA makes high-speed, low-latency networking accessible to the…

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What's new in Azure Batch July release (General Availability)

Azure Batch service just announced general availability (see this blog post for detail). Comparing to the preview version, here is a list of what has changed. The New Portal Batch is now available in the new Azure portal – https://portal.azure.com. Besides account management functionality, the portal provides Batch pool and job monitoring capability. We'll have a…


Big Compute for large engineering simulations

We recently shared our experience working closely with one of our partners, Schlumberger, and talked about the great solution that we helped them bring to their customers: INTERSECT Simulator in the Cloud. This solution is their high-resolution reservoir simulator, INTERSECT, running in Azure, and is one more example of what we like to call "true HPC in…

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Deploy a Slurm Cluster on Azure

Slurm is a free open-source job scheduler for Linux. It’s used by a lot of customers and we got requests to port them into Azure. We are happy to announce that the SLURM deployment template is available on Azure. A Really Super Quick Start Guide: Get an Azure account and create a subscription. Click here….