Windows High Performance Cluster Competence Center (WinHP3C)
As a Windows High Performance Cluster Competence Center (WinHP3C) the RWTH Aachen University targets to push forward high performance computing (HPC) on the Windows platform, particularly with respect to the engineering sciences which are well represented at Aachen.
Main aspects of this cooperation are
- porting selected Open Source Projects,
- initiating a German Windows High Performance Computing User Group (WinHPC-UG) as a foundation for information exchange between Windows HPC users,
- organizing tutorials and workshops and
- user support and benchmarking.
This webpage serves as a central contact point and provides information on the current and past activities in the context of this cooperation.
- We are currently preparing the 5th meeting of the German Windows HPC User Group, which will take place in March 2012 in Munich.
- The Fourth Meeting of the German Windows HPC User Group took place on March 31st - April 1st in Karlsruhe at the KIT.
- Christian Terboven from RWTH Aachen University is part of the Microsoft Customer Advisory Board (CAB) for Windows HPC Server and participated in the CAB-Meeting in Redmond, WA, USA on Nov 30th and Oct 1st 2010. During this event, the most important properties of current and future features of the product have been discussed and reviewed, from a user's point of view. Due to the participation in beta and early access programs, RWTH Aachen already provides a Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 (and soon SP1) based cluster for the users.
- The Third Meeting of the German Windows HPC User Group took place on March 11-12 in St. Augustin on Schloss Birlinghoven.
- We conducted a 1/2-day workshop on Parallel Programming with Visual Studio 2008 on Windows HPC Server 2008 at the HPC 2009 in Kingston, Canada. The workshop material is available for download here.
- We prepared and staffed a demo station at the Microsoft booth during the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) 2009 on the topic HPC Application Development. The demo station showed the tools available on Windows to do develop and parallelize technical application as well as to performance tasks such as performance and correctness analysis.
- The Second Meeting of the German Windows HPC User Group on March 30th and 31st took place in Dresden.
- Microsoft's video platform "Channel 8" from students for students just recently covered a series of videos on High Performance Computing (HPC). Three videos have been made after a visit at the Center for Computing and Communication at RWTH Aachen University and we are very happy on the special interest in parallelization with OpenMP. One can find the videos at http://channel8.msdn.com/Search/Default.aspx?Term=HPC%20RWTH.
- Our evaluation of the Windows HPC Server 2008 during the RDP (Rapid Deployment Program) has been described in a Case Study carried out together with Microsoft. The text is available online, a brief overview as PDF here
The HPC-Cluster recently installed in the beginning of 2008 has reached rank 100 in the list of the 500 fastest computers in the world (Top500). We conducted the benchmark using the Windows HPC Server 2008 beta2 on 256 2-socket nodes (= 2048 Xeon 3.0 GHz cores) and achieved 18.81 Terraflops. The theoretical peak performance of this cluster is 24.58 Terraflops. Further information can be found here.
The use of High-Performance-Computing on Windows at RWTH Aachen University is described in a Case Study carried out together with Microsoft. The text is available as PDF here.
- On 08./09. July 2008 the Windows-HPC 2008 (german) event has taken place at the Center for Computing and Communication of RWTH Aachen University. Besides talks on how to use the Cluster and development of parallel software on Windows, participants had the opportunity to apply the new skills on prepared exercises or application codes brought with them. For further information and free registration please go here (german).
- On 22. April the first meeting of the German WinHPC user group has taken place at the Center for Computing and Communication of RWTH Aachen University.