Windows HPC with burst to Windows Azure training kit refresh

September 14, 2011

The Windows HPC with burst to Windows Azure training kit is a set of sample labs that demonstrate how to use Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 with Windows Azure to harness the power of Windows Azure compute nodes for the processing of high-performance computing (HPC) algorithms.

The first training kit, which also included a white paper, was released on May 2011 and included several samples that demonstrated the features of Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 SP1. The updated training kit demonstrates the features of the newly released SP2, such as a RESTful API for accessing the scheduler service, and running MPI applications in Azure. You can read more on the new features on Technet.

We’ve added the following samples in the new training kit:

  • Image Rendering – A WindowsPhone7 client that uses the HPC scheduler REST API to submit a parametric sweep application.
  • BLAST – A new parametric sweep sample that performs human nucleotide pattern matching.
  • PI calculation and Tachyon ray-tracing – Two samples that demonstrate the use of C++ MPI applications running in Windows Azure.
  • Word-Association – A WCF service that runs linguistic word-association algorithms on various texts

The new training kit is available for offline use:

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=12006

And is also available on the MSDN training courses website:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/HPCAzureBurstTrainingCourse

Expect a major leap for Windows HPC Server in the coming weeks – the HPC Pack for Windows Azure, or in other words – moving the HPC scheduler from on-premise to the cloud.

Hear about it first-hand in the upcoming session in Build:

http://channel9.msdn.com/events/BUILD/BUILD2011/SAC-452T

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