In the past couple of weeks, Yaniv and I have been working on a white paper for Microsoft regarding the integration of Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 SP1 with Windows Azure.
If you’re not familiar with HPC (High Performance Computing), and with the Windows HPC Server 2008 R2, I suggest you start by looking at the Windows HPC Server 2008 website, and keep following Yaniv’s blog and mine, as we’ll write more about this subject in the coming weeks.
For the entire explanation on how Windows HPC Server integrates with Windows Azure, I suggest you read the white paper (I’ll post the link when it’s published), but the brief is that Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 SP1 lets you extend your on-premises cluster by adding Windows Azure nodes to it, thus allowing you to increase your computational capabilities without needing to invest a lot of money in purchasing new hardware and maintaining it.
If you’ve read my posts during the past couple of years, you’d know that I don’t tend to write about the basics of a technology, but rather on the nuances of using that technology.
But… since there’s almost no material about the topic of HPC and Azure floating on the Internet, I’ll make an exception and in addition to writing about the caveats of this technology, I will also write about how to use it. I also recommend following Yaniv’s blog since he will also write about this subject.