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    Introducing LINQ to HPC: Processing Big Data on Windows

    This paper provides a big-picture look at the LINQ to HPC technology. Built on Windows HPC Server, LINQ to HPC enables you to create and run applications that process large amounts of unstructured data.
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      May 2011

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        This paper provides an overview of the big data solution provided by LINQ to HPC. High performance computing jobs today are most often CPU-bound, and so the goal of running on a cluster is to let them use many CPUs at once. Big data jobs, by contrast, are typically I/O bound—they’re limited by how fast they can read and write data. Rather than relying primarily on processing power, these jobs most often do relatively simple computations on massive amounts of information. Running big data jobs on a cluster still makes sense, but the goal isn’t to use lots of CPUs at once—it’s to use lots of disks at once. When a single application can read from many disk spindles simultaneously, processing that data gets much faster. LINQ to HPC provides a platform for developers to build applications that can process large amounts of unstructured data. LINQ to HPC is part of Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 SP2.
    • Supported Operating System

      Windows HPC Server 2008 R2

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