Actuarial Update

Hi Everyone:   I Have to confess it has been almost 8 months since my last blog entry.   Apparently the world at large has not noticed, but I felt it was important to make the effort and provide a quick update on the status of Actuarial Modeling and Window HPC Server.   We continue…

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HPC Team is proud to release our Beta 1 of the Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 solution

Our first Beta release is now available! You can read the full press release at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2009/nov09/11-16SC09PR.mspx if you’re in to reading that kind of thing 😉 Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 delivers productivity, performance and ease-of-use improvements in several areas, including the following: Improved scalability, with Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 offering out-of-the-box support for deploying,…

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Clustercorp Rocks(R)+HYBRID dual boot solution

Today Clustercorp introduced their new hybrid solution, ROCKS(R)+HYBRID, for supporting Windows HPC Server and Linux on the same hardware. They’ve pulled together a Rocks-based deployment solution that is consistent with both Windows HPC Server 2008 and Rocks philosophies. I think it will be welcomed by our customer base and that it greatly eases the burden…

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Headnode reports itself as Unreachable

I find a lot of people are starting to build demonstration clusters on a small scale with some sort of minimal ‘enterprise’ network. In my case the enterprise network is my home router and the private network is a little 5 port GigE switch. To make it a bit more realistic and to be able…

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Process Affinity and Windows HPC Server 2008 SP1

An issue came to our attention after Windows HPC Server 2008 shipped regarding the way we set affinity on the processes within a job.  There are actually two places where we set affinity: 1.       The Node Manager (the service on each node responsible for starting jobs and tasks) sets processor affinity on each task to…

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Issue with HPC Event Logs with HPC Pack SP1

Some customers have reported issues with the HPC Job Scheduler’s event logs after installing Service Pack 1 for the HPC Pack.  After some internal investigation, it looks like there is an issue with the SP1 Patch Installer which fails to correctly update the event log manifests (making it so you don’t see events in the…

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Getting Host(A) records added to Windows HPC Server 2008 Private network DNS

A common scenario is to have the Windows HPC Server 2008 Private Network DNS on the head node of the cluster. Because the HPC Pack normally manages name resolution for the private network via Hosts files it propagates to all nodes, we do not normally set the private network interfaces to register with the DNS…

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Windows HPC Server 2008 Technical Library – New Topics Published

The following new topics were published to the Windows HPC Server 2008 Technical Library:   ·         Windows HPC Server 2008 Service Pack 1 Release Notes(http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee221139(WS.10).aspx)   ·         Security in Windows HPC Server 2008 (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc707383(WS.10).aspx)   ·         Backup and Restore the Head Node in Windows HPC Server 2008(http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee247401(WS.10).aspx)   For a list of the most recently…

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Dryad and DryadLINQ on HPC Server

Microsoft Research has an interesting project called Dryad which is investigating programming models for distributed data-parallel problems. If you’ve heard some of the hype around map/reduce programming or the Hadoop framework, you might be familiar with these type of problems. If you have gigabytes, terabytes, or even petabytes of data that you need to churn through, this…

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Warning: Not all InfiniBand HCAs have a PSID

If you read the documents posted by Mellanox about their new 2..0.5 build 4453 InfiniBand drivers you may have noticed the advice to update your firmware. If so, you will need to discover your PSID. This should be pretty straight forward, just install the drivers and then using the HPC Management console Run a Command…

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