Note to the following Deployment posts

The following posts are exact copies of entries in the same titled blog on the previous Windowshpc portal site. I added the author’s name in the beginning of each entry and edited the posting dates to reflect the original date of the entry.Michael ColeProject Manager/Site Administrator


Cleaning up CCS perf counter entries

Just a quick note.  When you uninstall CCP V1, the performance counter categories “Compute Cluster” and “Compute Nodes” aren’t removed.  (This is a bug which will be resolved in V2.)   This means that if for some reason these entries get corrupted, they can be hard to clean up.  I encountered this because of an unrelated…


University of Southampton provides Windows access to the UK National Grid Service

posted Thursday, September 20, 2007 4:11 PM by DennisCr |   The University of Southampton is the latest university to join the UK National Grid Service with affiliate status.  The Microsoft Institute for High Performance Computing at the University will be providing access to the Microsoft Compute Cluster Service through a Globus gateway, the first…


9,200 Core Windows CCS Cluster

posted Thursday, August 30, 2007 3:39 AM by saptak | 0 Comments   Actually, the cluster is a dual boot Linux/CCS cluster, which makes it even more interesting than the headline. The machine is reported to have 1,151 Dell servers with dual-socket Barcelonas for a total of over 9,200 cores and will be housed at…


Check out Ryan Waite’s interview on the "How Software Is Built" blog.

http://howsoftwareisbuilt.com/2007/07/22/interview-with-ryan-waite/ In this interview, Ryan Waite, Group Program Manager for High-Performance Computing at Microsoft talks about: o    Microsoft’s entry into the High Performance Computing area. o    Microsoft’s support of the open source Message Passing Interface (MPI). o    MPI has become bloated, and there’s no usability data (like there is with Microsoft Office) to indicate what…


Using "clusrun" to deploy PowerShell, VC runtimes, or other goodies to your compute nodes

Normally, deploying applications to a large number of Windows machines requires substantial planning and infrastructure.  Microsoft ships enterprise-quality solutions for handling software deployments, such as Systems Management Server (SMS).  It is also possible to deploy software packages using Active Directory Group Policy.   Critical security updates can be handled using Windows Service Update Services (WSUS).  As your…


Computer Cluster User Group Meeting Success

posted Saturday, April 28, 2007 2:40 PM by ktakeda | 0 Comments Thanks to the 70+ participants for making the world’s first CCS User Group meeting at Microsoft UK HQ such a success. An amazing 95% turnout, which is unheard of for such a gathering, especially for a sunny Friday! Simon Cox, of the Southampton Institute for HPC, hosted…


An Introduction

I’ve been at Microsoft since 1996 in various roles on product teams and in consulting.  These days I work pretty much full time assisting HPC ISVs who are trying to get their applications onto Windows Compute Cluster Server.  Recently, I’ve also begun to work with some solution integrators to assist them in preparing and testing clusters for…


How to detect CCS

Because ISVs have to support solutions from multiple vendors, I frequently get asked: “How do I know if I am running on CCS?”  It’s a good question.  Also, as future versions of the product get shipped, it will be increasingly important to be able to tell which version of CCS is installed, so that setup…

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Epilog Tracing library ported to CCS

posted Thursday, March 29, 2007 7:54 PM by dongarra | 0 Comments The Epilog tracing library (part of the KOJAK toolset [1,2]) has been ported to the Microsoft Compute Cluster platform. The library can capture traces from MPI applications written in either FORTRAN or C/C++. The traces can be used to visualize and analyze the…