Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) + HPC

You’ll want to review a new MSDN forum entry regarding this feature available with Windows HPC Server 2008 (currently in beta).   Read more here.

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Insights into Parallel Computing @ Microsoft

You’ll enjoy Burton Smith’s recent interview on Channel9.   Microsoft is working on various fronts to enable platform and tools support for parallel-computing scenarios.  Learn more via the MSDN Parallel Computing Developer Center and the Microsoft Research Portal.

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Good Things are Coming to You…

Ol’ Roy would be proud.  I’ve just spent the week at a Microsoft field technical readiness convention.   Several sessions covered the upcoming Windows HPC Server 2008 product (currently in beta1).   The improvements since November’s beta1 release are impressive.   The next beta release will include useful, full-featured functionality.   Feature areas including Management/Operations, Job Scheduler services, WCF…

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MPI Application Debugger

We previously published guidance on using the Visual Studio Parallel Application Debugger at http://archives.windowshpc.net/files/4/getting_started/default.aspx.   A related finding is that you’ll often need to ensure debug build dependencies are installed on target compute nodes.  An important runtime dependency is the debug build of the C Runtime (CRT) library.   A redistributable (at least for development and test…

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HPC on MSDN Code Gallery

Code Gallery is a new community site for the Microsoft Developer Community.  We’ve just published an HPC section on the site.   Please bookmark http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/hpc and also subscribe to the associated RSS feed.  The following image illustrate where Code Gallery fits within the various documentation, samples, and project publishing venues at Microsoft.  

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NetworkDirect Driver Now Available

From http://Connect.Microsoft.Com: You may have noticed the much improved performance of HPC Server 2008 MS-MPI on multi-core compute nodes due to the all-new implementation of shared memory communications (between processes on a single node).  But did you know that MS-MPI also has a brand new RDMA networking interface called NetworkDirect which pipes the blazing performance…

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The HPC Show on Channel9

A collection of screen-casts introducing Windows HPC Server 2008 features along with other relevant HPC topics. https://channel9.msdn.com/shows/The_HPC_Show

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New Open Grid Forum (OGF) Web Service Interface to Job Scheduler

Windows HPC Server 2008 introduces a new programmatic interface that implements the OGF HPC Job Scheduler specification. View the Channel9 Screen-Cast here:  https://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=369487

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