The first upgrade for Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 is designed, among other things, to enhance integration with Windows Azure. Customers who’ve deployed Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) can easily kick up a notch on-premises clusters with Windows Azure computational resources.
With Windows Azure “burst” scenario, various types of HPC apps can be deployed to Azure nodes and run on these nodes in the same way they run in on-premises nodes. The documentation provided free of charge by the software giant is essentially a technical overview of designed to streamline the process of developing HPC apps with Azure burst support.
“The article addresses the app models that’re supported, and the data issues that arise when working with Azure and on-premises nodes, such as the proper location for the data, the storage types in Azure, various techniques to upload data to Windows Azure storage, and how to access data from the computational nodes in the cluster (on-premises and Azure),” Microsoft stated.
Finally, this article describes how to deploy HPC apps to Azure nodes and how to run these HPC apps from client apps, as well as from the Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 SP1 job submission interfaces.