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Archive for December, 2010

ScorpioTek Succesfully Delivers HPC Training for Excel in Melbourne / Sydney

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Keeping up with HPC is becoming quite challenging since the introduction of Windows HPC Server 2008 R2. This release is packed with features for both developers and cluster administrators.

One areas where the new R2 excels (pun intended) is the integration of the cluster with Microsoft Excel 2010. In several areas such as financial services, companies use Excel to calculate massive spreadsheets that can take up to (I kid you not) one month to complete. That is right, a spreadsheet that takes one month to generate results.

In order to alleviate the incredible computing power that these spreadsheets required, Microsoft Excel 2010 in conjunction with HPC Server 2008 R2 Enterprise allows you offload calculations from Excel to the cluster. This includes VBA code that runs within the spreadsheet to XLLs that run on each of the compute nodes. I’ll try to cover these on another post, but in a nutshell, spreadsheets can finish in a matter of hours tasks that could take weeks before.

ScorpioTek consultant Christian Saborío had the chance to deliver the “Accelerating Excel 2010 with Windows HPC Server 2008 R2” training events in Australia during the week of November 21st. The first training was delivered in Melbourne followed by a delivery of the same training on Sydney. Attendees in both events were very inquisitive about the features, best practices, and demos that were presented.

Our most sincere kudos to Boris Manitius, who was an incredible host during our visit to one of the most amazing countries in the whole wide world.

If you are interested in participating in future HPC events, please check the Earn, Train, and Learn program and specifically the training schedule.

How to install Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 RC with previous Beta install

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

If you installed Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta when it was available, you might want to try the RC version that is now available. The new version of the operating system includes a series of features such as dynamic memory for Hyper-V and RemoteFx.

Before you double click on the RC installer file, you might want to know that it is not possible to upgrade the Beta to RC. However, you can uninstall the Beta and install RC once you are done. The process is fairly simple:

  1. Open Programs and Fearures
  2. Click View Installed Updates
  3. Find Microsoft Windows (KB 976932) and uninstall it

Your machine will need to reboot and it can take up to 30 minutes to remove the Beta. Once it comes back, you should be able to install the RC version of 2008 R2 without issues.