Performance Tools for Windows HPC Server 2008 R2

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Eric Lantz, Program Manager with the Windows HPC Computing Team outlines some tools that can be used to optimize HPC Cluster performance.  Three usage patterns are considered: Data Parallel, Message Passing (MPI), and SOA (Service-Oriented Architecture).  The biggest gains can be made in Networking optimization.  R2 features Network Direct, a new networking interface that runs on RDMA-capable hardware over Infiniband, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, as well as other Layer 2 architectures.