Thank you for your interest in the Windows® HPC Server 2008 R2 Resource Kit.

Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 provides a productive and cost-effective high-performance computing (HPC) solution that runs on x64-bit hardware and that can be deployed, managed, and extended using familiar tools and technologies. Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 enables broader adoption of HPC by providing a rich and integrated end-user experience, scaling from desktops to clusters. In addition to supporting HPC technologies such as OpenMP, MPI, and WCF Web Services, Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 also supports third-party numerical library providers, performance optimizers, compilers, and a native parallel debugger for developing and troubleshooting parallel applications.

Users can submit and monitor jobs from within a familiar environment, without having to learn new, complex user interfaces.

Created for software developers as well as IT professionals, the Resource Kit includes videos, white papers, datasheets, presentations, and webcasts designed to help give you a thorough understanding of Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 and related Microsoft technologies for parallel computing. We have also included a bonus in this kit, the “Windows HPC Server 2008 R2: Step by Step” book by Ming Xu at the Windows HPC team. This book uses the guiding principle of assuming no prior HPC knowledge and uses examples to guide the readers to learn how to use, manage and develop applications on HPC Server 2008 R2.

Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 offers many benefits:

  • • For the administrator, it provides an integrated, turnkey HPC cluster solution.

  • • For the developer, it offers a set of integrated tools for parallel programming.

  • • For the end user, it provides seamless integration with workstation applications and with existing collaboration and workflow solutions.

We hope you will find this Resource Kit valuable as you assess Windows HPC Server 2008 R2.

For more information about Windows HPC Server 2008 R2, please visit: www.microsoft.com/hpc.