Get Started Guide for HPC Pack 2019

This guide provides basic conceptual information and general procedures for installing a high-performance computing (HPC) cluster by using Microsoft® HPC Pack 2019. 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 2019.

  • To learn about late-breaking issues and other important information about HPC Pack 2019, review the release notes.


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.

Checklist: Deploy an HPC cluster

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.

Task Description
Step 1: Prepare for your deployment Before 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 cluster Configure the cluster by following the steps in the Deployment To-do List in HPC Cluster Manager
Step 4: Add Windows nodes to the cluster Add 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 cluster Add on-premises Linux compute nodes to the cluster by manually configuring them.

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