Windows HPC Server 2008 brings the power, performance, and scale of high performance computing (HPC) to mainstream computing. The centralized management and deployment interface helps to simplify deployment for both large and small compute clusters and provide a simple and effective management experience to increase cluster administrator productivity. Microsoft HPC Pack 2008 includes a highly scalable job scheduler that provides support for interactive service-oriented architecture (SOA) applications using high performance computing for Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and parallel jobs using Microsoft Message Passing Interface (MS-MPI). Essential applications from key independent software providers (ISVs) can be run on the cluster to help you meet your business needs in a timely, cost-effective, and highly productive manner. Windows Server 2008 helps to provide seamless security, storage, and desktop access to cluster resources and management. Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 provides parallel debugging capabilities for use with Windows HPC Server 2008, and MS-MPI is now integrated with the Event Tracing for Windows infrastructure. This consolidates application, networking, and operating system events from many compute nodes into a single, time-correlated record to speed debugging.
Built-in wizards, tools, management consoles, and a to do list help simplify the provisioning of compute nodes so that consistent system images can be created, modified, and deployed across a cluster.
System health reporting
It is a comprehensive set of management, administration, and diagnostic tools scale to support larger clusters. The heat map provides at-a-glance views of cluster health, and helps to quickly identify and diagnose hardware, software, or network issues across the cluster.
Network and high-speed interconnects
A networking wizard and network diagnostics tools, plus simplified driver management, help to reduce the complexity of deploying multiple networks across a cluster, while use of NetworkDirect helps to achieve better performance and enable efficient CPU utilization.
Windows HPC Server 2008 takes advantage of the overall Microsoft ecosystem to improve the functionality, usability, and manageability of the cluster.