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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Troubleshooting Windows HPC WCF/SOA Issues

HPC uses HPC sessions to support the service-oriented architecture (SOA) programming model based on Windows Communication Foundation (WCF). Sometimes troubleshooting errors from this SOA based applications could be challenging. However this tip I’m about to share should be helpful to figure out exactly where the issue is coming from. Looking through the trace of the…

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How to tell if a .exe file is a 32-bit or 64-bit application using dumpbin

Goodfolk, One of my customers wanted to know if they had really built a 64-bit application for their cluster. After all, we run WIndows HPC Server on a 64-bit server OS, so why not take full advantage of it? I had a few minutes before I had to get back to them so I thought…

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HPC Visual Studio Command Line Compilation from Powershell

I admit to an almost perverse fondness for command line environments. So I decided to jump onto PowerShell as my default command line environment because its way more cool than the cmd shell and even a nerd with a penchant for undead languages sometimes worries about being cool to some tiny degree. Only know about bash, csh,…

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a powershell problem

We’ve gotten reports of an installation glitch that makes it so that node management cmdlets won’t work when run from a remote client (they’ll work just fine run on the headnode) due to a registry key that doesn’t always get set up correctly.  Fortunately, there is a simple work around!  If you are trying to…

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Creating Submission and Activation Filters

There were a lot of questions about how to use Activation and Submission Filters to help customize queue managmeent and do things like license-aware scheduling.  That, on top of some changes made in a QFE, led us to do an updated doc on using filters.  You can check it out here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd277833.aspx   It contains…

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HPCv2 Powershell and ActiveDirectory

One of the big challenges as we get close to shipping Windows HPC Server is closing the door on product changes. Now that we have a lot of internal and external customers using the product, everybody generates lots of great ideas on how to improve it. We call these DCRs (Design Change Request) and we…

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Windows HPC Server 2008 April CTP Released

Please see the latest Community Technology Preview (CTP) release of Windows HPC Server 2008 at the beta program community site (http://Connect.Microsoft.Com).   If you aren’t yet a registered beta program participant, then you’ll first need to join the program using the same web site.   This CTP release includes the HPC Pack which may be installed on…

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clusrun.vbs fix to handle name="value" parameters

I want to install an application on a CCS cluster nodes using MSIEXEC. I use clusrun while have the package available on a share. i want the installation target to be at C:\Program Files\product name location on all nodes.   clusrun hangs when I give TARGETDIRECTORY=”Program Files\product name” as a parameter for MSIEXEC.  A simple…

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