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Windows HPC 2008 with Infiniband

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  • HI, I am new to HPC and need some direction and help on how this would work.

    I have been tasked at setting up a server (HP380G5) which we need oracle running, with its database and Logs located on a Storage server (HP180G6) with HP Volitaire Infiniband (24 port switch) linking them up.

    I have been getting conflicting reports that this is not possible as infiniband is not compatible to windows, but this site seems to confirm it does work, however will it work in the way we have been tasked to set it up.

    If it does help in how to set this up would be very appriciated
    Wednesday, November 4, 2009 9:54 AM

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  • Are you just trying to setup a single server connected to a SAN?

    Or are you planning on setting up a High Performance Computing (HPC) Head Node (HN) with several Compute Node (CN), then have clients submit jobs to the HN to be distributed amongst the several CN to return the results back to the client?

    Regards,
    Mike R.
    Friday, November 6, 2009 4:44 AM
  • Dear itopman,

      I can assure you the IB networking fabrics work with Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 (the Beta version of which can be downloaded at http://www.microsoft.com/hpc/en/us/default.aspx )

      You can just setup your IB as per the specifications for Windows and the HPC server can make use if the IB Application Network for additional performance.

      Here is a link to Mellanox's site - specifically referencing Windows HPC. http://www.mellanox.com/content/pages.php?pg=windows_hpc

    Hope this helps.

    With Best Regards,
    Mark Staveley
    SDET II - US High Performance Computing
    Tuesday, December 8, 2009 9:05 PM
  • Hi.. Mike R,

    No we have two of each servers and want to setup Oracle on the DL380's with Db's and Logs on the 180's. the problem seems to be (what I can gather) the link between the IB and ethernet so users running the Oracle client from there PC's can connect to run queries.

    I would have thought that you could have the IB and an ethernet card in the 380's so they have bother the IB and ethernet networks. or is there a reason this wont work?

    I know the IB swith that has the ethernet connection built-in is very expensive for a small project like this.


    regards

    Brian
    Wednesday, December 9, 2009 8:42 AM
  • Mark, thanks for the response and the links appreciated, will take a look as soon as I get chance things just got busy so maybe a week or so before I get the chance now to do any more.

    regards
    brian
    Wednesday, December 9, 2009 8:45 AM
  • Dear itopman,

     

    Take a look at this for Ethernet-to-Infiniband connectivity: http://www.voltaire.com/Products/InfiniBand/Grid_Director_Switches/voltaire_grid_director_4036E

     

    As far as OS support for Infiniband goes, Windows is definitely supported as of Win 2003. Since you've got a Voltaire switch, just ask Voltaire for the Windows drivers (send a mail to support@voltaire.com).

    Good luck.

    -Oleg

    Friday, April 2, 2010 4:58 PM
  • The OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) distributes an InfiniBand stack for Windows known as WinOF in the form of a Windows installer (.msi).  Installers available at http://www.openfabrics.org/downloads/WinOF/ see 'latest' link. 

    Download the Server 2008 HPC installer .zip file, unpack, view readme & release notes prior to install.

    General OFA info @ www.openfabrics.org

    The WinOF IB stack is the open source collabration between Mellanox, Voltaire, QLogic, Intel, Microsoft and others.  Respective vendors take the WinOF source, adding vendor specific value add to produce a WHQL'ed vendor specific WinOF release.

    Stan Smith - co-chair of the OFA WWG (Windows Working Group).

     

    Tuesday, April 6, 2010 8:20 PM