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…

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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,…

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Azure Batch Preview

I am excited to announce the preview of Azure Batch, a new Azure platform service that provides job scheduling and large-scale resource management for developing and delivering Big Compute applications native in the cloud.  What is Batch? Azure Batch originated from seeing our customers repeatedly building their own job queues, schedulers, and VM scaling for…

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Run Batch Workload on a Mixed Infrastructure (Windows Azure Worker Nodes & On-Premise HPC Server 2008 R2 Compute Nodes)

With the introduction of SP1 of HPC Server 2008 R2 it is possible to run workload on Windows Azure. If you want to be able to off-burst your batch application (= extending the infrastructure from classic on-premise servers to cloud based Azure worker nodes) you need to set specific environment variables within the on-premise server infrastructure. Here is a…

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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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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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Submit job from SUA (Subsystem for Unix based Application)

SUA is a very nice tool for porting Unix/Linux application, but it can also be used to submit job. You just have to set the path to the HPCS binary into your PATH variable : With BASH :   export PATH=$PATH:”/dev/fs/C/Program Files/Microsoft HPC Pack/Bin”With Korn Shell :  set PATH $PATH:”/dev/fs/C/Program Files/Microsoft HPC Pack/Bin” And then…


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…


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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