Windows Microsoft HPC Pack 2008 R2 software enables cluster based supercomputing. Windows HPC Server can be used for massively parallel programs (computational fluid dynamics, reservoir simulation) as well as embarrassingly parallel programs (BLAST, Monte Carlo simulations).
An HPC Pack 2008 R2-based system is a cluster of servers that includes a single head node, and one or more compute nodes. The head node controls and mediates all access to the cluster resources and is the single point of management, deployment and job scheduling for the compute cluster. It utilizes the existing corporate Active Directory infrastructure for security and account management.
This service pack updates the HPC Pack 2008 R2 products listed in the 'System Requirements' section. It provides improved reliability as well as an enhanced feature set including: Enhanced Windows Azure integration - you can now add Azure VM Roles to your cluster, you can Remote Desktop to your Azure nodes, and you can run MPI jobs on Azure nodes; Use a 'resource pool' job scheduling policy that ensures resources are available to multiple groups of users; Access job scheduling services through a REST interface or through an IIS-hosted web portal; Assigning different submission and activation filters to jobs based on job templates; Over-subscribe or under-subscribe the number of cores on cluster nodes.
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