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  • Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 beta and distributed Excel 2010 released

    Posted by bink on November 17 2009, 7:55 PM. Posted in Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003, windows.

    Betas of Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 and distributed Microsoft Office Excel 2010 for the cluster available for download, delivering increased performance and productivity.

    At Supercomputing 2009, Microsoft Corp. announced the immediate availability of betas for Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 and distributed Microsoft Office Excel 2010 for the cluster. Together with the recently announced Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Beta, which helps simplify parallel programming, these advances make it possible for more users to access supercomputing power through familiar technologies and tools such as Microsoft Office Excel, Windows Server and Visual Studio.

    “Until now, the power of high-performance and parallel computing has largely been available to a limited subset of customers due to the complexity of environments and applications, as well as the challenges of parallel programming,” said Vince Mendillo, senior director of High Performance Computing at Microsoft. “Today, we’re seeing performance numbers that rival Linux from micro-kernel benchmarks to independent software vendor (ISV) benchmarks. We have a dedicated performance lab at Microsoft, and ISVs are seeing 30 percent to 40 percent performance improvements in the speed of their code on Windows HPC Server.”

    Although multicore systems are becoming ubiquitous, few developers can build parallel applications that truly leverage the available resources. Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 will help make parallel programming simpler and more efficient for a broad base of developers across both client and cluster workloads. In addition, by moving Microsoft Office Excel 2010 to the cluster, customers are seeing linear performance scaling of complex spreadsheets — spreadsheets that before would take weeks to complete, and which are now completing their calculations in a few hours.

    By making supercomputing easier and more accessible, Microsoft is helping build a vibrant ecosystem for developers and partners to find their own business opportunities that accelerate the pace of research, development and discovery in organizations of all sizes. Last week, Cray Inc. launched the Cray CX1-iWS system, a new generation of workstation sold exclusively through Dell Inc., which combines a powerful Windows 7-based workstation with a fully interoperable high-performance computing cluster running Windows HPC Server 2008. Similarly, Wipro Technologies, the global IT services business of Wipro Ltd., recently announced that it has formed a relationship with Microsoft to address the growing high-performance and parallel computing segment. Wipro will enable customers to migrate to Windows HPC Server 2008 by offering services for application porting, optimization, application development, and cluster deployment and management.

    Full story at source: Microsoft Broadens Supercomputing Reach Through New Offerings Betas of Windows HPC Server 2008 R

  • Download Windows HPC server 2008

    Posted by bink on September 23 2008, 3:07 AM. Posted in Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003.

    Windows HPC Server 2008 (HPCS) provides enterprise-class tools, performance, & scalability for a highly productive HPC environment. HPCS provides a complete & integrated cluster environment including the OS, Job Scheduler, Message Passing Interface v2 (MPI2) support, cluster management & monitoring.
    Microsoft® Windows® HPC Server 2008 (HPCS), the next generation of high performance computing (HPC), provides enterprise-class tools, performance, and scalability for a highly productive HPC environment. HPCS provides a complete and integrated cluster environment including the operating system, a Job Scheduler, Message Passing Interface v2 (MPI2) support, and cluster management and monitoring components. Built on Windows Server® 2008 64-bit technology, HPCS can efficiently scale to thousands of processing cores and includes a management console that helps proactively monitor and maintain system health and stability. Job scheduling interoperability and flexibility enables integration between Windows and Linux-based HPC platforms, and supports batch and service-oriented architecture (SOA) workloads. Enhanced productivity, scalable performance, and ease of use are some of the features that make Windows HPC Server 2008 best-of-breed for Windows environments. Windows HPC Server 2008 can help shorten user time-to-insight for HPC workloads through easier deployment and management. By using the existing Windows-based information technology (IT) infrastructure, HPCS simplifies management, security, and storage for the cluster, and provides seamless access from the desktop.HPCS includes improved provisioning based on the Windows Server 2008 Windows Deployment Services technology, a faster Microsoft Message Passing Interface (MS-MPI) that includes new NetworkDirect support, an advanced Job Scheduler, and a new management interface built on the Microsoft® System Center 2007 user interface (UI), which has support for Windows PowerShell™ as a preferred scripting interface.Windows HPC Server 2008 integrates with other Microsoft products to help increase HPC productivity and improve the overall end-user experience. This includes collaboration through Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2007 and the Windows Workflow Foundation, as well as improved management and efficiency by integrating with System Center 2007. Through integration with the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), Windows HPC Server 2008 allows developers working with SOA applications to harness the power of parallel computing offered by HPC solutions.HPCS uses the failover clustering capabilities of Windows Server 2008 Enterprise and of Microsoft® SQL Server® to provide high availability and redundancy of the head node in your HPC cluster.Windows HPC Server 2008 is a two-DVD package comprised of Windows Server 2008 HPC Edition and the Microsoft HPC Pack 2008.Windows Server 2008 HPC EditionThe first DVD contains the setup for a 64-bit version of Windows Server 2008 that is restricted to an HPC workloadMicrosoft HPC Pack 2008The second DVD contains Microsoft HPC Pack 2008, which provides the additional interfaces, tools, and management infrastructure described below:Systems Management• The new Administration Console based on System Center UI framework integrates every aspect of cluster management.• Node grouping allows administrators to categorize and batch operations on compute nodes.• Monitoring heat map allows viewing cluster status at-a-glance.• Scriptable control of cluster using Windows PowerShell and other command-line tools.• High availability for multiple head nodes.• Improved compute node provisioning using Windows Deployment Services.• Built-in support for cluster-wide updating.• Built-in system diagnostics.• Built-in cluster reporting.• Extensible reporting, allowing for job scheduling analysis using external database tools like SQL Server Analysis Services.• Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 Management Pack.Job Scheduling• Integration with WCF, allowing SOA application developers to harness the power of parallel computing offered by HPC solutions.• Job scheduling granularity at processor core, processor socket, and compute node levels.• Performance improvements for large clusters.• Support for external databases for Job Scheduling.• New job scheduling policies. • Support for Open Grid Forum’s HPC Basic Profile interface for Job Scheduler interoperability.Networking and MPI• NetworkDirect, a new Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) network interface providing dramatic performance improvements for MPI applications running over high-speed fabrics.• Improved Network Configuration Wizard.• New shared memory MS-MPI implementation for multicore servers.• MS-MPI integrated with Event Tracing for Windows.
    • Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2008
    CPU x64 architecture computer with Intel Pentium or Xeon family processors with Intel Extended Memory 64 Technology (EM64T) processor architecture; AMD Opteron family processors; AMD Phenom family processors; AMD Athlon 64 family processors; compatible processor(s)RAM 512 MBMultiprocessor support Windows Server 2008 HPC Edition and Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition support up to four processors per server. Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition supports up to eight processors per server.Minimum disk space for setup 50 GBDisk volumes A single system volume is required for the head and compute nodes.Redundant array of independent disks (RAID) is supported but not required.The system volume must be Master Boot Record (MBR). Additional volumes can be MBR or GUID Partition Table (GPT).Network interface card At least one network interface card (NIC) is required. If a private network is used, the head node requires at least two NICs, and compute nodes at least one. Each node may also require a high-speed NIC for an application network.
    Download both the Windows Server 2008 HPC Edition DVD image and the Microsoft HPC Pack 2008 CD image from the links below.Burn the Windows Server 2008 image to a DVD and the HPC Pack 2008 image to a CD. Use the DVD to install Windows Server 2008, and when that installation is complete insert the HPC Pack 2008 CD and run 'setup.exe' to start the HPC Pack installation wizard. When asked for a product key use: YQGMW-MPWTJ-34KDK-48M3W-X4Q6V
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  • Microsoft Expands High-Performance Computing Partner Ecosystem With Three New Upstream Oil and Gas Software Vendors

    Posted by bink on November 13 2007, 11:07 PM. Posted in Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003.

    Joint goal is to improve reservoir simulation and better enable mainstream use of high-performance computing across the upstream oil and gas industry.

    Helping engineers in oil and gas tackle growing volumes of data, Microsoft Corp. today announced at the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition that it has added three upstream independent software vendors (ISVs) to its growing high-performance computing (HPC) partner ecosystem.

    The new ISVs — Computer Modelling Group Ltd. (CMG), Roxar and SPT Group — have recently converted their reservoir simulation software solutions to run on Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 to help deliver more accessible HPC capabilities to the upstream oil and gas industry. In fact, more than 80 percent of oil and gas industry experts surveyed* early this year found that more ready access HPC capability could increase oil and gas production.

    “Amplifying the impact of professionals across asset teams is of critical importance to oil and gas companies today,” said Craig Hodges, U.S. energy industry solutions director at Microsoft. “By building their reservoir modeling solutions to run on Windows Compute Cluster Server, these partners provide engineers and geoscientists with accessible high-performance computing resources — at the division, workgroup and desktop levels — and empower them to more easily submit and run jobs, and analyze and gain insights to make better reservoir management decisions faster.”

    Built to easily integrate into a firm’s existing Windows environment, Windows Compute Cluster Server-based HPC makes it quick and easy for engineers and geoscientists to deploy compute clusters, submit simulation jobs and monitor their status. Windows Compute Cluster Server-based reservoir simulation software solutions are easy to use and integrate with existing infrastructures, quickly and more accurately than ever before.

    New industry partners with reservoir simulation software solutions that run on Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 are the following: Continue At Source

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  • Microsoft Unveils Windows HPC Server 2008,

    Posted by bink on November 13 2007, 9:09 PM. Posted in Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003.

    Yes a new name: Windows HPC Server 2008, the successor to Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003,

    Common set of HPC productivity tools reaches across desktop and clusters, including new Parallel Computing Initiative for multicore development.

    Microsoft Corp. today released the first public beta of Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008, a server operating system and tools designed for the fast-growing high-performance computing (HPC) market. Microsoft also established the Parallel Computing Initiative, a program creating a set of common development tools across multicore desktops and clusters.

    Windows HPC Server 2008, the successor to Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003, is based on the Windows Server 2008 operating system and is designed to increase productivity, scalability and manageability. Windows HPC Server 2008 has been renamed to reflect its readiness to tackle the most challenging HPC workloads. Key features are new high-speed networking, highly efficient and scalable cluster management tools, advanced failover capabilities, a service oriented architecture (SOA) job scheduler, and support for partners’ clustered file systems. The beta is now available for download at; the final version will be generally available in the second half of 2008.

    “With the new advancements, Windows HPC Server 2008 can allow customers to achieve the levels of scalability and performance of the most efficient clusters in the Top500 benchmark while making it dramatically more productive to deploy, utilize and integrate the advanced HPC clusters within their environment,” said Kyril Faenov, general manager of HPC at Microsoft. “By upgrading to Windows HPC Server 2008 on our 2,048-core production test cluster, we increased the LINPACK performance by 30 percent and were able to deploy and validate the cluster in less than two hours using out-of-the-box software. Expanding beyond traditional MPI-based HPC applications, Windows HPC Server 2008 enables support for high-throughput SOA applications with its advanced Web service routing capability and paves the way for bringing HPC capabilities to a broad range of enterprise applications.”

    This efficiency is currently being demonstrated at the Holland Computing Center in the Peter Kiewit Institute at the University of Nebraska, one of the largest clusters in the world. The new 1,151-node Windows-based cluster is expected to enhance the curriculum and resource capabilities by providing compute cycles for a broad variety of government, research and industry uses.

    “We see this as a tremendous opportunity to advance the research capabilities of the institute to meet the growing and emerging demands of the university community as well as our business partners,” said John Callahan, director of technical infrastructure for the Peter Kiewit Institute. “The scalability and demonstrated performance of the Windows platform has empowered us to provide a medium through which we can develop and train students in a new specialization on parallel computing.”

    Adding to performance, Microsoft is also showcasing the ways cluster administrators, end users and developers can increase productivity with a common set of tools that span the desktop and cluster. Cluster administrators can save time with Microsoft System Center for application-level monitoring and rapid provisioning and SQL Server Reporting Services for capacity planning and auditing. End users can save time with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server for data collaboration and the Windows Workflow Foundation for automating processes across workgroups.

    Mixed, dual-boot clusters can also improve cluster efficiency. Because dual-boot clusters flexibly serve both Linux and Windows users, they increase utilization rates by expanding their number of addressable users. Examples of customers deploying large mixed clusters include the University of Iowa, Cambridge University, 3M and Baker Hughes Inc. Leading technology partners that have announced mixed cluster support for Windows HPC Server 2008 include Altair Engineering Inc., Cluster Resources Inc. and Platform Computing. Clustered file system vendors that have announced support for Windows include Panasas Inc., Quantum Corp.’s StorNext, HP PolyServe, and Sanbolic Inc., and IBM Corp. has plans to support IBM GPFS on Windows.

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    Microsoft @ SC07: Windows HPC Server 2008 reaches Beta 1 milestone. Take a tour of the new key features and advancements with Kyril Faenov, general manager of HPC at Microsoft.

  • Windows Compute Cluster Server Edition V2 Beta Program Coming Soon...

    Posted by sumeethevans on October 30 2007, 3:53 AM. Posted in Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003.

    The program will be by invitation and accessible via   Independent Software Vendors considering a High Performance Computing solution on Windows may obtain more information by emailing  Learn more about highly scalable parallel computing Microsoft platform technologies at

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  • 9,200 core Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003/Linux cluster

    Posted by bink on August 30 2007, 1:29 PM. Posted in Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003.

    Microsoft Blog: 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 1,1151 Dell servers with dual-socket Barcelonas for a total of over 9,200 cores and will be housed at the University of Nebraska, Omaha.

    We recently published a whitepaper which details howto setup such Linux/CCS dual boot cluster. Go grab it @

  • Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003: Top Linpack Benchmark Results: 9.0 TFLOPS!

    Posted by bink on August 24 2007, 4:35 PM. Posted in Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003.

    The Linpack benchmark is used by the Top500 project to measure the “best” performance. The Linpack benchmarks achieved by the Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Cluster (6.5 TFLOPS) and the Microsoft Rainier Cluster (9.0 TFLOPS) - both using Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 (CCS) - demonstrate that CCS scales from the workgroup cluster configuration all the way to some of the largest supercomputing configurations in the world. Download At Source
  • Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003: Top Linpack Benchmark Results

    Posted by bink on July 28 2007, 1:13 PM. Posted in Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003.

    The Linpack benchmark is used by the Top500 project to measure the “best” performance. The Linpack benchmarks achieved by the Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Cluster (6.5 TFLOPS) and the Microsoft Rainier Cluster (9.0 TFLOPS) - both using Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 (CCS) - demonstrate that CCS scales from the workgroup cluster configuration all the way to some of the largest supercomputing configurations in the world.Download At Source
  • Microsoft Technical Fellow Keynotes on the Reinvention of Computing

    Posted by bink on June 27 2007, 4:13 PM. Posted in Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003.

    Microsoft’s high-performance computing business gains adoption across industries.

    Fresh off the revelation that Microsoft® high-performance computing (HPC) technologies are being widely adopted by customers, software and hardware partners, a technical leader from Microsoft Corp. today discussed how the foundations of computer science and engineering must be reinvented to deal with the mass-market adoption of processors with many computing cores.

    In a keynote address at the International Supercomputing Conference in Dresden, Germany, Microsoft technical fellow Dr. Burton Smith talked about new approaches to software development where everyday computer programs must be able to execute in parallel on multiple microprocessor cores, allowing developers to build more powerful, humanistic software applications that incorporate speech, conversation, rich visualization and anticipatory execution of tasks. The many-core inflection point was presented as a new challenge for the computing industry, namely general-purpose parallel computing.

    “Our industry and the universities must work together to reinvent not only computing, but also the computing profession,” Dr. Smith said. “The coming years will fundamentally reshape software and transform the way people use and interact with computers. In order for consumers to enjoy performance improvements in the future, mass-market technology providers will have to embrace parallel computing to differentiate and compete. It’s vital that software and hardware adapt to new models of computing.”

    Dr. Smith urged commercial vendors to work with the academic and scientific communities to spur the next wave of discovery by creating software, tools and standards to help overcome existing barriers to parallel computing.

    Broad Market Adoption for Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003

    Since general availability in August 2006, Microsoft Windows® Compute Cluster Server (CCS) 2003 has been adopted in financial services, manufacturing, the oil and gas industry, digital content creation, and biosciences, with HPC cluster deployments ranging in size from distributed departmental clusters to shared clusters as large as 7,000 nodes. Recent customers include aQuantive, Areva Challenge, BAE Systems, Boeing, Bombardier Transportation GmbH, Callaway Golf Co., DALCO/Alinghi, Fraunhofer-Institute for Algorithms and Scientific Computing, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Mitsubishi UFJ Securities, Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (Pty) Ltd. (PBMR), South Florida Water Management District and UniCredit Group (HVB).

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  • Step-by-Step Guide to Installing, Configuring, and Tuning a High-Performance Windows Compute Cluster

    Posted by bink on June 18 2007, 9:06 PM. Posted in Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003.

    Deployment steps described in this white paper are based on the highly successful cluster deployment at National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. The cluster was built as a joint effort between NCSA and Microsoft, using commonly available hardware and Microsoft software. The cluster was composed of 450 x64 servers, achieving 4.1 teraflops (TFLOPs) on 896 processors using the widely accepted LINPACK benchmark.The skill level that is required to complete the steps in this document assumes knowledge of how to install, configure, and manage Microsoft Windows Server 2003 in an Active Directory environment, and experience in adding and managing computers and users within a domain.Download At Source
  • Microsoft starting to win over Linux servers

    Posted by spy on April 10 2007, 5:29 PM. Posted in Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003.

    Microsoft is showing some early signs of success with a version of Windows geared for a technical computing market that Linux dominates today.Windows Compute Cluster Server (CCS) runs on a group of interconnected computers that collectively tackle calculation chores. These high-performance computing clusters have swept the list of the top 500 supercomputers - but they typically run Linux, not Windows.When Microsoft released Windows CCS less than a year ago, the company tried to find a new niche in the market rather than go up against Linux directly. The software giant is trying to win over customers with small clusters, often integrated with the work customers are doing on their Windows PCs."We think that's fertile ground that nobody else has hoed yet," said Gartner analyst John Enck. "We were pretty skeptical when they came to market with this, but they're doing much better than we anticipated."Microsoft has had some successes moving from a market in which it's strong into an adjacent market where it's not. For example, Microsoft moved from operating system software to desktop software, and from Windows on PCs to Windows on servers.Full Story At Source
  • Microsoft Compute Cluster Pack Service Pack 1 (SP1)

    Posted by bink on March 16 2007, 9:56 PM. Posted in Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003.

    Microsoft Compute Cluster Pack Service Pack 1 (SP1) provides improved reliability and performance for Windows compute clusters. This service pack provides support for Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Windows Deployment Services. In addition, this service pack supports the Compute Cluster Pack client utilities on computers running Windows Vista™. While Compute Cluster Pack SP1 can be installed on x64-based versions of Windows Server 2003 that have not been upgraded with SP2, we recommend that you upgrade to Windows Server 2003 with SP2 to take advantage of the improvements that Compute Cluster Pack SP1 provides.Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 brings together the power of commodity x64 (64-bit x86) computers, the ease of use and security of Active Directory directory service, and the Windows operating system to provide a security-enhanced and affordable high-performance computing (HPC) solution.Download At Source