Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Beta 1 now available RRS feed

  • General discussion

  • Our first Beta release is now available! You can read the full press release at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2009/nov09/11-16SC09PR.mspx if you're in to reading that kind of thing ;)

    Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 delivers productivity, performance and ease-of-use improvements in several areas, including the following:

    • Improved scalability, with Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 offering out-of-the-box support for deploying, running and managing clusters up to 1,000 nodes
    • New configuration and deployment options such as diskless boot, mixed-version clusters and support for a remote head node database
    • Improved system management, diagnostics and reporting including an enhanced heat map, multiple customizable tabs, an extensible diagnostic framework and the ability to create richer custom reports
    • Improved support for service-oriented architecture (SOA) workloads including a new fire-and-recollect programming model, finalization hooks, improved Java interoperability, automatic restart and failover of broker nodes, and improved management, monitoring, diagnostics and debugging
    • Message Passing Interface (MPI) and networking enhancements including optimizations for new processors, enhanced support for RDMA over Ethernet and InfiniBand, improved MPI debugging, and a pushbutton HPC LINPACK optimization wizard
    • New ways to accelerate Microsoft Office Excel workbooks such as support for Cluster-Aware User-Defined Functions and the capability to run distributed Excel 2010 for the cluster

    Come and join our beta program to give it a try, and you can give us feedback (positive or negative) on it: http://connect.microsoft.com/HPC/content/content.aspx?ContentID=6923
    (posting in the 3 main forums, sorry for the spam if you read all of them :) )

    Tuesday, November 17, 2009 12:16 AM