Lately, I’ve been working with customers who are doing both Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Windows Azure and it seems that the experience level of customers run the full range of just getting started in both areas, to being experienced in either one technology or the other.

I decided to put together a non-exhaustive set of links that could prove useful to those of all experience levels.  I state that this list is non-exhaustive because there are always more links, more blogs, more books and so on that can be found on the subject but I have found that these links seem to be the most commonly used.  And if I find other very useful links and information along the way, I’ll make sure to update the list.

HPC Server

What is HPC Server?

What's New in Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 SP1

Release Notes for Microsoft HPC Pack 2008 R2 Service Pack 1

New Feature Evaluation Guide for Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 SP1

Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 SP1 Download

Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Resource Kit

HPC Server Administrator Course

Windows HPC Server R2 Suite

Windows HPC Tech Center

Microsoft HPC Pack 2008 SDK and HPC Pack 2008 R2 SDK

MSDN Forums

Windows HPC Server Developers - General

Windows HPC Server Deployment, Management, and Administration

Windows HPC Server Academia and Research - General
Windows HPC Server Message Passing Interface (MPI)

Windows HPC Server Job Submission and Scheduling
Windows HPC Server UNIX - Interoperability

 

Virtual Labs

TechNet Virtual Lab: Scheduling Jobs with Windows HPC Server 2008 R2

TechNet Virtual Lab: Managing and Monitoring HPC clusters Using Windows HPC Server 2008 R2

MSDN Virtual Lab: HPCv2: Introducing the Visual Studio 2010 Parallel Debugger

MSDN Virtual Lab: HPCv2: Introducing the Visual Studio 2010 Parallel Performance Analyzer

MSDN Virtual Lab: HPCv2: Introducing the C++ Concurrency Runtime

Scaling out VBA Enabled Excel Workbooks with  Windows HPC Server 2008 R2

Introducing .Net 4.0 Parallel Extensions

Introduction to Parallel LINQ

 

Training

HPC Developer Training

 

Blogs

Windows HPC Team Blog

Wenming Ye (Technical Evangelist)

 

Books

Windows HPC Server 2008 R2: Step by Step (free)

Parallel Programming with MPI

 

Windows Azure Platform

Windows Azure Platform

Windows Azure Developer Center

Training and Events

 

MSDN Forums

Windows Azure Platform Development

Windows Azure Platform Troubleshooting, Diagnostics & Logging

Windows Azure Storage

Connectivity for the Windows Azure Platform

Managing Services on the Windows Azure Platform

Security for the Windows Azure Platform

Windows Azure Platform Purchasing, Pricing & Billing

SQL Azure

 

Virtual Labs

MSDN Virtual Lab: Windows Azure Native Code

MSDN Virtual Lab: Building Windows Azure Services with PHP

MSDN Virtual Lab: Getting Started with Windows Azure Storage

MSDN Virtual Lab: Building Windows Azure Services

MSDN Virtual Lab: Using Windows Azure Tables

 

Blogs

Windows Azure Team Blog

 

Books

Windows Azure Platform (SDK v1.2)

Programming Windows Azure (SDK v1.2)

 

Training

Windows Azure Platform Training Course (free)

PluralSight Azure Training

 

HPC and Azure

Deploying Azure Worker Nodes in Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 SP1 Step-by-Step Guide

 

Whitepaper

HPC Server and Windows Azure