Using HPC to Speed Up Compiling in Visual Studio.NET 2008 RRS feed

  • Question

  • Is it possible to use HPC as a distributed build system for Visual Studio.NET 2008 C++ applications?

    Our business uses Visual Studio.NET 2008 to create huge (1GB+ EXE's) C++ programs, some of which takes hours to compile.  We have several 'stand alone' build systems but if we could create a 'compile farm' using HPC as a means to distribute the load it would be immensely useful.



    Thursday, December 23, 2010 12:01 AM

All replies

  • The Visual Studio software is not made to automatically make use of a Windows HPC cluster. Since there are command line options to compile VS projects you could create your own distributed solution though.

    • Proposed as answer by Don Pattee Saturday, February 5, 2011 12:33 AM
    Saturday, February 5, 2011 12:33 AM
  • Assuming that you have many subprojects, you could orchestrate comamnd line build of each on separte HPC nodes.

    Subprojects dependant upon each other would run on the same nodes.

    Also if you have multiple build versions you could configure them to run on different nodes

    DJaus Snr SW Dev (Embedded Systems and .NET)
    Wednesday, February 16, 2011 5:27 AM