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Windows Clusters

High performance computing for the mainstream

Dell is delivering a new standard -- mainstream supercomputing. By integrating Microsoft®  Windows®  Compute Cluster Server 2003 (CCS) with Dell's High Performance Computing Cluster Solutions, customers can now take advantage of high performance computing based on industry standard technology, while minimizing the overhead typically associated with cluster architectures. This powerful combination helps customers streamline deployment, simplify management and, most importantly, reduce their total cost of ownership (TCO) for high performance computing clusters (HPCC).

Microsoft Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003
Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 ("CCS") brings together cluster management with the Active Directory service and the Windows operating system to provide a security-enhanced, affordable, high-performance computing (HPC) solution. CCS uses clustered commodity servers that are built with a combination of the Windows Server 2003, Compute Cluster Edition operating system and the Microsoft Compute Cluster Pack. CCS is designed to integrate seamlessly into existing Windows environments, allowing organizations to utilize existing expertise and technology for system and node management, workload management, user management, and security.

  • Operating System
    Windows Server 2003 Compute Cluster Edition* (CCE) is an integrated, standards-based compute clustering platform derived from the Windows Server 2003 Standard x64 Edition. CCE includes only those processes required for computational computing, thereby freeing CPU cycles and optimising performance. Note: CCE is designed solely for use with high-performance computing applications and does not support use as a general-purpose infrastructure server.
  • Management and Deployment
    CCS features Compute Cluster Administrator which uses Active Directory and MMC 3.0 to provide simple and familiar interfaces for managing and administering cluster environments.

  • Message Passing Interface (MPI)
    MPI is the portable and powerful interprocess communication mechanism that simplifies many of the communication complexities between hundreds or thousands of processors all working in parallel. The Microsoft Message Passing Interface (MS-MPI) was developed on the Argonne National Labs Open Source MPI2 and is compatible with the MPICH2 Reference Implementation and other MPI implementations.

  • Scheduler
    Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 includes both a command-line job scheduler and the Compute Cluster Manager that let users schedule jobs, allocate resources needed for the job, and change the tasks and properties associated with the job. The Job Scheduler queues jobs and their tasks and allocates resources to enable these jobs. The Job Scheduler also initiates and monitors the status of jobs, tasks, and compute nodes.

  • Security
    Security is an essential requirement, particularly as high performance clustering becomes more integrated into mainstream mission critical operations. Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 leverages Active Directory to enable role-based security for all cluster jobs and administration and helps provide end-to-end security over secure and encrypted channels throughout the job process when using MS-MPI.

Storage
The Dell PowerVaultTM  MD1000 is a modular disk storage expansion enclosure capable of housing up to fifteen drives in a single 3U rackable chassis. This direct attached storage enclosure supports Serial Attached SCSI (SAS), the latest advancement in proven SCSI disk drive technology that delivers both high performance and excellent reliability.

Interconnects
Dell incorporates Gigabit Ethernet interconnects from Dell or Extreme Networks.

For additional information, please contact us at: 1-800-274-3355 or hpc_sales@dell.com or contact your Dell account representative.

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