Extending High Performance Capabilities for Microsoft Azure

We are excited to announce the extension of A8 and A9 support in Azure to include virtual machine (IaaS) options for these sizes running either Windows Server or Linux operating systems. Compute-intensive workloads can take advantage of bringing their own images to Azure and leverage the higher memory, increased number of cores per VM and…

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How to set environment variables on computes nodes

For ISV application you have to set some environments variables on the compute node.You can set this variable by hand, but if you have many nodes it can be long.So, the idea of this post is how can set them attaumaticaly ?  Use the HPCS tools : You can set cluster wilde variable by using…


Helpful tip for dealing with HPC Pack setup failures

I once ran into an issue while installing the HPC Pack on a machine and I was wondering where to go to find more information about the setup failure preferably a log of some sort to see the reason for the failure. Here is a tip that helped. The HPC Pack setup writes two logs…

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HPCv2RC1: Nodes imaged successfully, but show “Provisioning Failed”

I just installed the brand new RC1 candidate on my head node. I provisioned all 23 nodes of my cluster at once, using the Default compute node template. While going through the “Create a node template” wizard in the To-Do list, I selected the option “Include a step in the template to download and install updates…

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Virtual HPC Cluster Deployment on Hyper-V

If you want to setup and deploy a cluster with Windows HPC Server 2008 April CTP build on a single laptop or desktop, or if you want to build a bigger cluster with more nodes on a few powerful machines, here is a step-by-step document to help you achieve this by using Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V. (See the attachment.)…

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How to use C shell and Korn shell to manage a Windows HPC Server cluster?

(On behalf of Christina Carter)   Did you know you can use the familiar C shell and Korn shell under SUA (Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications) to call our PowerShell commands? If you have Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista Ultimate and Enterprise editions, then you can install SUA and try it out. …

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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…

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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

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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…

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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…

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