Announcing availability of Linux RDMA on Microsoft Azure

We are excited to announce today the availability of Linux RDMA on Microsoft Azure. With this release, we mark a new milestone in our cloud journey and in our vision to make HPC and Big Compute more accessible and cost-effective for a broader set of users. Linux RDMA makes high-speed, low-latency networking accessible to the…


Big Compute for large engineering simulations

We recently shared our experience working closely with one of our partners, Schlumberger, and talked about the great solution that we helped them bring to their customers: INTERSECT Simulator in the Cloud. This solution is their high-resolution reservoir simulator, INTERSECT, running in Azure, and is one more example of what we like to call "true HPC in…


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…


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…


HPC Pack 2012 R2 Update 1 and MS-MPI v5 are now available

We are pleased to announce that the official releases of Update 1 for HPC Pack 2012 R2, and the newest version of Microsoft MPI (MS-MPI) are now available for download. The installation package for HPC Pack 2012 R2 Update 1 is available for download here. As always, HPC Pack includes the latest version of MS-MPI,…


New Regions with High Performance Capabilities

Following closely on the heels of two recent announcements about new high performance capabilities on Microsoft Azure (HPC Team blog, Azure blog), we are happy to announce  that we are adding support for A8 and A9 compute intensive instances in 2 new regions: US South Central and Europe North. These 2 new regions complement the 5 regions already supporting…


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…


Why Windows Azure

I spent last week meeting with customers and partners about Windows Azure. Some of them are working with us and pushing the limits, and others are evaluating Azure. Here’s one perspective on “Why Windows Azure?” from Dave Fellows at GreenButton. We would enjoy talking with you about this at SC13 in Denver.