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System Requirements for Microsoft HPC Pack 2012 R2 and HPC Pack 2012

Updated: January 13, 2014

Applies To: Microsoft HPC Pack 2012, Microsoft HPC Pack 2012 R2

The following sections list the basic system requirements to install and run Microsoft® HPC Pack 2012 R2 and Microsoft® HPC Pack 2012.

The minimum hardware requirements for HPC Pack 2012 R2 and HPC Pack 2012 depend on the requirements for the operating system on which you install it. For example, to install HPC Pack 2012 R2 and create a single head node for an HPC cluster on a computer that is running Windows Server® 2012 R2, see the minimum hardware requirements for Windows Server 2012 R2. In the cases where the hardware recommendations for installing HPC Pack on a head node computer differ from the general hardware requirements for Windows Server, they are noted in the following subsections.

For more information about installing Windows Server, including minimum hardware requirements, see the following:

Minimum system requirements for other Windows operating systems are also available on Microsoft websites.

ImportantImportant
To improve the performance of a cluster with a large number of nodes or that is running compute-intensive workloads, configure the head node with multiple processor cores, additional RAM, and multiple disks. HPC Pack 2012 R2 and HPC Pack 2012 can address up to 64 cores on a single computer, if the operating system supports it.

Processor (x64-based):

  • Minimum: 1.4 GHz

  • Recommended: 2 GHz or faster

RAM:

  • Minimum: 1 GB

  • Recommended: 2 GB or more

Available disk space:

  • Minimum: 50 GB

  • Recommended: 80 GB or more

Drive:

  • DVD-ROM drive, if you will be using DVD media to install HPC Pack 2012.

Network adapters:

  • The number of network adapters that you install on the nodes in your cluster depends on the network topology that you choose for your cluster.

  • You can deploy your HPC cluster with only one network adapter on each node, but you will be limited to only one possible network topology (all nodes only on an enterprise network). An additional network adapter on the head node will expand your options to a second possible network topology to choose from (compute nodes isolated on a private network).

  • You should also evaluate the possibility of installing a low-latency and high-throughput application network for your HPC cluster. This may be advantageous for running certain kinds of jobs on the cluster, such as message passing interface (MPI) applications. This network will require installing specialized network adapters on the nodes and specialized networking hardware.

  • For more information about the different HPC cluster network topologies, see Appendix 1: HPC Cluster Networking, in the Getting Started guide.

The following table shows the Windows operating system requirements of HPC Pack 2012 R2 and HPC Pack 2012 for the different cluster roles. The operating system requirements of the two versions only differ in that HPC Pack 2012 R2 additionally supports Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 for certain cluster roles.

ImportantImportant
Unless explicitly listed below, an operating system is not supported to run HPC Pack for a cluster role.

 

Role Operating system requirement

Head node

Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012

noteNote
Installation on Windows Server 2012 R2 is supported starting in HPC Pack 2012 R2.

Compute node

Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2

noteNote
Installation on Windows Server 2012 R2 is supported starting in HPC Pack 2012 R2.

noteNote
The Server Core installation option of Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2012 is supported. However, HPC Services for Excel is not supported on the Server Core installation option.

Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) broker node

Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012

noteNote
Installation on Windows Server 2012 R2 is supported starting in HPC Pack 2012 R2.

noteNote
The Server Core installation option of Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2012 is supported. However, HPC Services for Excel is not supported on the Server Core installation option.

Workstation node

Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7

noteNote
Installation on Windows 8.1 is supported starting in HPC Pack 2012 R2.

Unmanaged server node

Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2

noteNote
Installation on Windows Server 2012 R2 is supported starting in HPC Pack 2012 R2.

noteNote
The Server Core installation option of Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2012 is supported. However, HPC Services for Excel is not supported on the Server Core installation option o.

Windows Azure node

Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2

noteNote
Installation on Windows Server 2012 R2 is supported starting in HPC Pack 2012 R2.

Client (computer with only client utilities installed)

Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista

noteNote
Installation on Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows 8.1 is supported starting in HPC Pack 2012 R2.

You can install HPC Pack 2012 in one of the following languages: English, Japanese, or Simplified Chinese. The language you select for installation of HPC Pack on the head node or another cluster node must correspond to the operating system language on that node.

There is no language restriction for the operating system of a computer that is used only as a client workstation (on which only the HPC Pack client utilities are installed). However, the HPC Pack user interfaces will appear in the language that you select for installation of HPC Pack.

To host the required cluster databases, HPC Pack 2012 R2 or HPC Pack 2012 requires and supports Microsoft SQL Server 2012 or Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2.

noteNote
  • By default, HPC Pack 2012 installs SQL Server Express 2012 on the head node and creates the HPC databases on the head node.

  • To install the HPC databases on a remote server, that server must be running the Standard or Enterprise edition of SQL Server 2008 R2 or SQL Server 2012.

.NET Framework 3.5 must be installed on the head node computer for a default installation of HPC Pack 2012. This is required to install Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Express on the head node to configure the HPC databases for the cluster. For considerations about deploying the cluster with HPC databases either on the head node computer or on one or more remote servers, see 1.3. Decide if you want to deploy your cluster with remote databases, later in this guide.

By default in Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012, .NET Framework 3.5 is not installed. If you do not plan to use a remote database with HPC Pack, or if your head node does not have Internet access during Setup, install .NET Framework 3.5 manually before you attempt to install HPC Pack 2012 R2 or HPC Pack 2012. You can install .NET Framework 3.5 on the head node computer by using the Add Roles and Feature Wizard GUI or a command-line tool. For more information, see Install .NET Framework 3.5 and other features on-demand.

If you plan to add Windows Azure nodes to your HPC cluster, you must obtain a Windows Azure account and subscription or have an existing Windows Azure subscription in which you can configure hosted services, storage accounts, and other Windows Azure features for your HPC cluster. To sign in to the Windows Azure Management Portal to manage a Windows Azure account and subscription, you must have a Microsoft account (formerly called a Windows Live ID). For more information about Windows Azure subscriptions and using the portal, visit the Windows Azure website.

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