More Goodies into Windows HPC – cycle stealing, VS2010, Excel 2010, Linux Interop

The article from HPCwire on  Microsoft Injects More Goodies into Windows HPC highlights some of the new features in beta2.  I’m especially happy to see the support for Win7 desktops as computational nodes – desktop cycle stealing, something that always gets asked about.  The other key additions being: VS2010 integration Parallel Nsight, NVIDIA’s software development…

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TAU – perf tuning for HPC

TAU, the performance tuning OSS software for HPC on Linux has been successfully made available to support Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008.  Please see release note section 5. Cross Posted from Dan Fay’s Blog (http://blogs.msdn.com/dan_fay)

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Cray Brings Windows 7 to HPC

Now what computational scientist wouldn’t want one of these under their desk.  I like the tagline, “putting ‘work’ back into workstation”. Cray Brings Windows 7 to HPC by Michael Feldman, HPCwire Editor If you thought Windows 7 was just for mere mortals, think again. Microsoft’s latest OS is about to show up in Cray’s newest…

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Graywulf Takes Byte Out of Data Overload

Graywulf is the natural evolution of Beowulf Clusters – it brings together HPC clusters and databases to do efficient processing and data management.  It’s name and design also pays homage to Jim Gray – who helped  champion the use of relational databases in the scientific projects. At it’s simplest form Graywulf is having a database…

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Windows HPC Server 2008 cracks Top 10 in Top 500 list

The latest Top 500 list was released at Supercomputing Conference (SC08) in Austin, Texas today and Windows HPC Server 2008 was part of the #10 placed machine [Dawning 5000A] from Shanghai Supercomputer Center.  This is the top machine outside of US – amazing job by the Windows HPC team. Cross Posted from Dan Fay’s Blog…

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HPC Server 2008 Experience Counts Academic Program

Great opportunity to get a special academic discount on Windows HPC Server 2008.   Windows® HPC Server 2008 Experience Counts Academic Program You know the value of high-performance computing (HPC). No matter the topic – the inner workings of the universe or the economy; the spawning of a hurricane or urban development – HPC has become…

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HPC – MPI.NET 1.0 Is Now Released…!

PhilPen has posted that the folks at Indiana University have released MPI.NET: High Performance C# library for Message Passing.  The runtime and source code are available for download as well as a Tutorial.  This should make it much easier for folks to use any .Net language to write MPI apps – I’m interested in seeing…

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Windows HPC and Pixar animation software RenderMan

It’s great to see that Pixar will be releasing RenderMan on the upcoming release of Windows HPC 2008.  The rendering software behind such hit animated movies as The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Monsters Inc. should become even more powerful when it becomes available on Microsoft Corp.’s most advanced operating systems later this year. At the Siggraph…

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HPC 2008 & NCSA – 23rd on Top500 – Great Efficiency

The Top500 list was released and the cluster at NCSA came in at 23rd running a beta of Windows HPC 2008.  What’s really interesting is the 77% efficiency and that it only took 4 hours to install the 1200 node cluster. Press Article – Windows HPC Server 2008 debuts in top 25 of the world’s…

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Windows HPC Server 2008 Beta 2 is Here

Windows HPC Server 2008 Beta 2 is available on Microsoft Connect and Ryan Waite goes into detail on much of the new stuff.  I’m really excited to start seeing scientists utilize and evaluate the new version – I think many of the new pieces especially Network Direct, PowerShell integration, and the HPC Basic Profile will…

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