Steps for Deploying InfiniBand Device Drivers with NetworkDirect Support in Windows HPC Server

Updated: May 2011

Applies To: Windows HPC Server 2008, Windows HPC Server 2008 R2

The following checklist describes the overall process of using a node template to deploy InfiniBand device drivers with NetworkDirect support on a Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 cluster or a Windows HPC Server 2008 cluster. Each task in the checklist is linked to the section in this document that describes the steps to perform the task.

Task Description

Step 1: Prepare for Your Deployment

Prepare for your deployment by downloading the latest version of the InfiniBand device drivers with NetworkDirect support, installing the networking hardware on all the nodes in your HPC cluster, and installing the necessary software on your head node.

Step 2: Deploy and Configure the Head Node

Deploy and configure the head node of your HPC cluster.

Step 3: Create and Configure the Node Template

Create and configure a node template that includes a task to deploy the InfiniBand device drivers.

Step 4: Add the InfiniBand Device Drivers for the Operating System Images

Add the InfiniBand device drivers to the head node, so that they are available to the operating system images during the deployment of compute nodes.

Step 5: Add Compute Nodes to the Cluster

Deploy the compute nodes in your HPC cluster using the node template that you created.