The service Pack (SP) 2 for Windows HPC Server 2008 R2, Microsoft's high-performance computing product is now available for download, as of June 28.
HPC Server 2008 R2 SP2 adds tighter integration with Windows Azure and Microsoft's high-performance clusters running on-premises. It also provides direct integration between HPC Server 2008 R2 and the Azure programming interfaces, paving the way for "a single set of management tools for both local compute nodes and Windows Azure compute instances," according to a new Windows Azure team blog post.
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 new '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
You can download HPC Server 2008 R2 SP2 here.