How to Configure a Windows Azure Virtual Machine File Server and use it from within Windows HPC Server Compute Jobs

Recall the following axiom from your CS101 class…? “To solve a problem, create abstractions.   To attain efficiency, remove abstractions.” Such is the case with I/O in the Cloud (i.e. all Clouds).   Efficiency requires designing for the underlying platform with specific considerations for storage account quotas, network constraints, and partitioning strategies across available resources.   Regarding storage,…

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C++ AMP Course Now Available From Acceleware

I recently attended an excellent new course offered by Acceleware covering the C++ Accelerated Massive Parallelism (AMP) library and tools.   AMP extends the C++ language to enable high-scale data-parallel computational algorithms and targets devices such as Graphics Processing Units (GPUs).   Significant advantages include device independence (i.e. via a DirectX abstraction layer) and integration with Visual…

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How to Configure a Startup Script for Windows Azure Nodes using Windows HPC Server Node Templates

Download the script files associated with this topic from here.  Refer to the authoritative documentation for this topic here. This feature functionality applies when utilizing Windows HPC Server to deploy compute nodes onto Windows Azure using the Cluster Configuration Manager from the head-node. With Service Pack 3 (SP3) of Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 (November…

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