Microsoft MPI v6 release

We are happy to announce the release of the newest version of Microsoft MPI (MS-MPI). MS-MPI v6 is the successor to the Microsoft MPI v5 redistributable package (released in November 2014). You can download a copy of MS-MPI v6 from the Microsoft download center here. MS-MPI v6 includes the following features, improvements and fixes: Non-blocking collective operations This…


Introducing Job Preparation and Release Task on Batch Service

As required by a lot of our customers, Azure Batch Service has recently introduced job preparation and release task. Job preparation task allows user to run a command line on a TVM if it's the first time of the TVM to run any job from that task. Similarly, job release task will run a user…


New Architecture Blueprint: Large-Scale Computing – Financial Services

We are pleased to announce a new Azure architecture blueprint for Large-Scale Computing – Financial Services (PDF download). Financial services organizations in insurance, capital markets, and banking bring complex and challenging large-scale workloads to the cloud. To drive their businesses without expanding their on-premises data centers, these organizations need to build efficient cross-premises and hybrid…

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Linux Blob / File Transfer Python Code Sample

HPC customers have been using AzCopy to copy files in and out of Azure Blob (block) Storage for quite a while, but a similar binary for Linux does not exist.  The code sample linked below is an example of how you might build the basics of a similar blob copy program (though without all of…


MS-MPI V6.0 Beta announcement

We are happy to announce today the Beta release of the newest version of Microsoft MPI (MS-MPI). MS-MPI v6 Beta is the pre-release version for the successor to HPC Pack 2012 R2 MS-MPI Redistributable Package (v5.0, released IN November 2014). You can download a copy of MS-MPI v6 Beta from the download center at MS-MPI v6 Beta…


Azure Batch Client Library is updated to V1.2

Version 1.2 of the Azure Batch Client Library has been released on nuget and will require Azure Storage Client library 4.0.0 if any of the FileStaging features are used. If your application uses a different version of the Storage Client library, you can continue to do so as long as you are not using any FileStaging…


Announcing new Compute Intensive instances

Today we are announcing two new compute intensive instances: A10 and A11. These new instances have the same performance optimizations as the existing A8 and A9 instances, but do not include the additional RDMA backend network (only the 10 Gbps front end), and are offered at a lower price.  We created these new instances in response…


How to compile and run a simple MS-MPI program

Download MS-MPI SDK and Redist installers and install them. The download link can be found at our homepage https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb524831.aspx After installation you can verify that the MS-MPI environment variables have been set (you will want to use these env vars in Visual Studio) Open up Visual Studio and create a new Visual C++ Win32 Console…

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Azure Batch Explorer Sample Walkthrough

Azure Batch Explorer Sample Walkthrough What is the Batch Explorer? Batch Explorer is a GUI sample application that allows browsing and updating of all major elements within an Azure Batch account.  For example, it shows jobs and tasks, pools and pool VM's, lists and downloads files that are on a pool VM, generates an RDP…