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Experimenting with HPC Server on a single machine

    Question

  • Is it possible to do any cluster self-education on a single machine? I see that I can certainly create my own HPC server that would be the head node and then install the HPC Pack but with only one machine, I don't see much I can do after this point.

    This is probably a stupid question anyway since HPC is all about pulling together the power of multiple machines but I'm just wondering what I can learn from just using a single machine.

    Any thoughts?

    Thank!

    Sunday, January 16, 2011 12:11 PM

Answers

  • 1. You can still use your single headnode as a computenode, so it's possible to start jobs on your 'cluster'.

    2. You can use your node to test your application, which uses HPC Job Scheduler API to integrate with Windows HPC (to submit/monitor jobs).

    3. If you have some Windows 7 machines in your network 'neighbourhood' you can join them to your cluster as a Workstation Nodes.

    Regards,
    Łukasz

    Monday, January 17, 2011 4:25 PM