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.
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Provides enterprise-class tools, scalability and performance for a highly productive HPC environment
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 will provide an integrated, complete cluster environment including the operating system, Message Passing Interface v2 (MPI2) support, cluster management, monitoring components and a Job Scheduler.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.Usage:Download both the Windows Server 2008 HPC Edition DVD image and the Microsoft HPC Pack 2008 CD image.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-X4Q6VHere are some key features of "Windows HPC Server":+eTE The new Administration Console based on System Center UI framework integrates every aspect of cluster management.+eTE Node grouping allows administrators to categorize and batch operations on compute nodes.+eTE Monitoring heat map allows viewing cluster status at-a-glance.+eTE Scriptable control of cluster using Windows PowerShell and other command-line tools.+eTE High availability for multiple head nodes.+eTE Improved compute node provisioning using Windows Deployment Services.+eTE Built-in support for cluster-wide updating.+eTE Built-in system diagnostics.+eTE Built-in cluster reporting.+eTE Extensible reporting, allowing for job scheduling analysis using external database tools like SQL Server Analysis Services.+eTE Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 Management Pack.+eTE Job Scheduling+eTE Integration with WCF, allowing SOA application developers to harness the power of parallel computing offered by HPC solutions.+eTE Job scheduling granularity at processor core, processor socket, and compute node levels.+eTE Performance improvements for large clusters.+eTE Support for external databases for Job Scheduling.+eTE New job scheduling policies.+eTE Support for Open Grid Forum+oOeCOaos HPC Basic Profile interface for Job Scheduler interoperability.+eTE Networking and MPI+eTE NetworkDirect, a new Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) network interface providing dramatic performance improvements for MPI applications running over high-speed fabrics.+eTE Improved Network Configuration Wizard.+eTE New shared memory MS-MPI implementation for multicore servers.+eTE MS-MPI integrated with Event Tracing for Windows.Requirements:+eTE 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 pr+eTE RAM 512 MB+eTE Multiprocessor 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.+eTE Minimum disk space for setup 50 GB+eTE Disk volumes A single system volume is required for the head and compute nodes.+eTE Redundant array of independent disks (RAID) is supported but not required.+eTE The system volume must be Master Boot Record (MBR). Additional volumes can be MBR or GUID Partition Table (GPT).+eTE 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.
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