Get Started Guide for HPC Pack 2016


Updated: January 24, 2018

Applies To: HPC Pack 2016

This guide provides basic conceptual information and general procedures for installing a high-performance computing (HPC) cluster by using Microsoft® HPC Pack 2016. With HPC Pack, you can create and manage HPC clusters consisting of dedicated on-premises compute nodes, part-time servers, workstation computers, and on-demand compute resources that are deployed in Microsoft Azure.

The steps in this guide will help you to deploy a new on-premises cluster using the latest version of HPC Pack 2016: HPC Pack 2016 Update 1.

  • To learn about late-breaking issues and other important information about HPC Pack 2016 Update 1, review the release notes.
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HPC Pack 2016 introduces a new feature that HPC Pack can be installed on a computer that is not domain-joined. This new feature is designed for HPC clusters in Azure. For an on-premises HPC cluster, we strongly recommend that you create the cluster in an Active Directory domain. This guide assumes you are creating the cluster in an Active Directory domain.

The following checklist describes the overall process of designing and deploying an on-premises HPC cluster. Each task in the checklist is described in detail in a linked section.

Step 1: Prepare for your deploymentBefore you start deploying your HPC cluster, review the list of prerequisites and initial considerations.
Step 2: Deploy the head node (or nodes)Deploy the head node by installing Windows Server and HPC Pack.
Step 3: Configure the clusterConfigure the cluster by following the steps in the Deployment To-do List in HPC Cluster Manager
Step 4: Add Windows nodes to the clusterAdd on-premises nodes to the cluster by deploying them from bare metal, by importing an XML file, or by manually configuring them.
Step 5: Add Linux nodes to the clusterAdd on-premises Linux compute nodes to the cluster by manually configuring them.