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Managing and Deploying High Performance Computing Clusters using Windows HPC Server 2008 R2


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The new management features built into Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 are the foundation for deploying and managing HPC clusters of scale up to 1000 nodes. Join us for a deep dive in monitoring and diagnostic tools, a review of the updated heat-map and template-based deployment. We also cover the new PowerShell-based scripting capabilities: the basics of management shell, as well as the underlying design and key concepts, new Reporting Capabilities, and a discussion on network boot.

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Managing and Deploying High Performance Computing Clusters using Windows HPC Server 2008 R2

  1. 1. Enable personal supercomputing Scale to divisional sized clusters, enable new categories of interactive HPC applications, and interoperate with existing IT infrastructure. Integrate well with existing HPC and IT infrastructure. Highly performant and scalable parallel applications. Deploy, manage, and troubleshoot clusters of up to 1000s of nodes. Make Windows Server the mainstream way to solve scaled-out business, engineering and scientific computational problems.
  2. 2. MONITORING: Ability to see at a glance current/recent changes to the system across the whole stack( that affect my app) Deployment Monitoring Diagnostics Reporting Provide reliable and consistent system management and “excellent manageability” at departmental and divisional scale (1000s of nodes).
  3. 3. WS2K8WS2K8 R2WS2K8WS2K8 R2 WS2K8WS2K8 R2 V2 V2 V2 WS2K8 V2… SQL 2008 V3 V3 V3 V3
  4. 4. V2 Head node V3 Head node + - +. . . . : Se ar ch : s Admin Workstation •Node.xml •Node Templates •Images
  5. 5. Investments in higher resilience and better failure recovery. Remote Database. Move to asynchronous communication model.
  6. 6. WS2K8WS2K8 R2WS2K8WS2K8 R2 WS2K8WS2K8 R2 SQL Express 2005 V2 V2 V2 WS2K8 V2… SQL Express 2008 V3 V3 V3 V3
  7. 7. WS2K8WS2K8 R2WS2K8WS2K8 R2 WS2K8WS2K8 R2 V2 V2 V2 WS2K8 V2… SQL 2008 V3 V3 V3 V3 Data Center
  8. 8. Use DHCP reservations to provide Storage Server information to the diskless compute nodes. Leverage Storage vendor provided differencing capacity to store Differencing Disks per compute node.
  9. 9. • Manage and Monitor the cluster at scale. • Manage all resources from a single console.
  10. 10. Starting •Select nodes and tests •Start test run Running •View Progress •Cancel Test Completed • View test result history • View detailed results • Pivot to failed nodes • View and clear alerts • Export result to Excel
  11. 11. • Each step is defined by a command line. – This allows test to be developed in any coding/scripting language.
  12. 12.  Node Availability Report  Job Resource Usage Report  Job Throughput Report  Job Turnaround Report
  13. 13. Windows HPC Server Customer Data Analysis Data Warehouse Other Authoring Tools DATADATADATA
  14. 14. Data Sources Management Job Scheduler Performance Metrics Event Logs Data Collection Data Collector Data Store Data Store Data Presentation Historical Reports Monitoring Charts Scalability,Reliability Heat Map Reporting Data Extensibility
  15. 15. • Node Attributes • Node Event History Node Data • Job Configurations • Job Task Summary • Job State and Statistics • Job Allocation History Job Data • Performance Metrics History Performance Metrics
  16. 16. Expand the capacity of HPC clusters while increasing the return on your existing technology investments by utilizing desktop cycles as part of your over HPC infrastructure. Requirements – Windows 7 Professional or Enterprise, 32 or 64-bit (requires Active Directory support) – Desktops and cluster in same AD Domain – Desktops, head nodes, compute nodes, and broker nodes need to be on the same physical, public, network (topology 5) Security policy prevents unintentional deployment of an OS to desktop nodes
  17. 17. Desktop Nodes Windows 7 HPC Pack 2008 R2 Desktop Compute Nodes Windows HPC Server Database Server (Optional) Windows Server 2008 R2 SQL Server Head Node Head node Broker Nodes Windows HPC Server Windows HPC Server Public Network
  18. 18. • Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Technical Library - • Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Beta site on Microsoft Connect - • Diagnostics Extensibility in Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 CTP2 Step-by-Step Guide - • Test Focus Guide for Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Beta 2 - us/library/ee783563(WS.10).aspx • Twitter - @windowshpc
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