Overview of HPC Cluster Manager

Applies To: Windows HPC Server 2008

HPC Cluster Manager is the central tool for configuring, deploying, and administering Windows HPC ServerĀ 2008 clusters.

This topic covers the following aspects of HPC Cluster Manager:

  • Opening HPC Cluster Manager

  • Map of HPC Cluster Manager

  • Using HPC Cluster Manager

Opening HPC Cluster Manager

You can open HPC Cluster Manager on the head node of your cluster, or on a different computer where HPC Cluster Manager and the other client utilities have been installed. If you have installed HPC Cluster Manager on a different computer, this computer must be able to connect over the network to the head node of the cluster that you want to manage.


To complete this procedure, you must log on with a domain user account that has been added as an HPC cluster administrator to the cluster that you want to manage. For more information, see Understanding User Roles.

To open HPC Cluster Manager

  1. Click Start, point to All Programs, click Microsoft HPC Pack, and then click HPC Cluster Manager.

  2. If the User Account Control dialog box appears, confirm that the action it displays is what you want, and then click Continue.

  3. If the Select Head Node dialog box appears, in the Another computer box, type or select the computer name of the head node that you want to manage, and then click OK.

Map of HPC Cluster Manager

The HPC Cluster Manager screen is shown in the following figure:

HPC Cluster Manager Map

The Navigation Pane displays buttons to select a view, and a navigation tree for the current view. The available views are:

  • Configuration. In this view you can configure the HPC cluster, create node and job templates, and manage HPC cluster users. For more information, see Configuration.

  • Node Management. In this view you can add nodes to your cluster, monitor node status, and perform management actions on nodes. For more information, see Node Management.

  • Job Management. In this view you can monitor, manage and submit cluster jobs. For more information, see Job Management.

  • Diagnostics. In this view you can run diagnostic tests on your cluster and view test results. For more information, see Diagnostics.

  • Charts and Reports. In this view you can generate reports and view charts about cluster performance. For more information, see Charts and Reports.

The center pane is divided into two parts:

  • The views pane displays individual items according to what you selected in the Navigation Pane.

  • The Detail Pane displays specific details according to what you selected in the views pane, such as compute node properties or job details.

The Actions pane displays the tasks and actions that are available for the selected view.

Using HPC Cluster Manager

The following example procedure demonstrates how you can use HPC Cluster Manager to see detailed information about the operations performed on your head node.

To see the operations log for your head node

  1. In the Navigation Pane, click Node Management.

  2. In Node Management, in the Navigation Pane, under Nodes, under By Group, click HeadNodes.

  3. In the views pane, click your head node.

  4. To see the operations log for your head node, in the Detail Pane, click the Operations tab.

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