Deploying an HPC Cluster using just PowerShell (Part I)

Last month my colleague Don Pattee at the HPC team announced the availability of the Windows Azure HPC Scheduler and HPC pack 2008 R2 Service pack 3 releases.  The title is long, but the story is simple, while we updated our HPC on-premise solution with further enhancements, we released our first version of the Azure…

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Just Published: Five learning samples for Windows HPC with Burst to Windows Azure covering Parametric Sweep, Cluster SOA, and Excel UDF offloading Programming Models

  If you have CPU intensive jobs that require 100s of Cores on Azure or on HPC on-premise cluster, I’ve just uploaded five easy-to-learn samples with lab instructions. (See figure 3) These samples have been added to the same location of the white paper, Windows HPC with Burst to Windows Azure: Application Models and Data…

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Windows HPC2008R2 SP2 Azure Burst Beta Documentation Available

  I will update here with more information as they become available for this exciting distribution which covers MPI on Azure, Azure VM roles and other exciting new and essential features. TechNet Library: · What’s New in Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 2 Beta · Test Focus Guide for Windows HPC Server 2008…

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Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 SP2 Beta is out!

  I will be covering some of the new, and more complete Azure burst features on my blog, please stay tuned! The Microsoft HPC Pack 2008 R2 software, and the Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Suite, enables cluster based supercomputing based on x64 versions of Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 as well as…

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Don’t trust the weatherman? Running my own weather forecast on Windows HPC Server (Rain is coming back to Seattle Monday)

  One of the interesting things living in Boulder Colorado for almost 20 years is that I bump into NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research), NOAA(National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), and CU Boulder researchers on a daily basis. I have asked people numerous times about how the weather forecast software works and they’ve always told…

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Having a BLAST on Windows HPC with Windows Azure burst (1/3)

  My previous blog showed you how to make a movie using ray tracing software and the powerful HPC scheduler on Azure with little programming.  Today, we’ll look at a more complex example in a series of 3 blog posts in the coming months.  1. How blast works with the parametric sweep engine. 2.  Details…

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Got a powerful GPU? Run my World Wide Telescope 3D Seismic Simulation Tour

  For the last two years, I’ve been using my 6 core 3.3 ghz Intel Nehalem X 980 processor courtesy of Intel (thank you!), it slices through just about any workload like butter, for example, encoding a 1 hour live meeting video takes a few minutes, while my Core 2 duo laptop could take at…

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HPC Server SP1: Burst to Azure with little or no programming

  We all know that Scientists and Engineers run Computationally intensive jobs. Many of us often wish we had an extra computer or a dozen to run the applications that seem to take forever on our desktop.  We wait for the code to compile, the simulations, experiments to run, and quite often we let our…

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Notes on Chemistry codes

I attended and gave a tutorial at the 11th LCI International conference last year at the Pittsburgh Super Computing Center.  There, I had the honor to meet several leading quantum chemistry HPC code researchers. One of them, Dr. Wang Yang.  Over reception, I picked his brain on how quantum chemistry codes work and why they…

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