Earning your MCTS: Windows HPC Server 2008, Developing

Here is an interesting MCTS certification – High Performance Computing – Development.  You can earn this certification by simply passing the 70-691TS: Windows HPC Server 2008, Developing, exam.  If you are interested in this exam, you should have a minimum of three or more years of experience developing Windows-based high performance computing software for systems such as Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 or Windows HPC Server 2008.

Windows HPC Server 2008 provides a productive, cost-effective, and high-performance computing (HPC) solution that runs on x64-bithardware. Windows HPC Server 2008 can be deployed, managed, and extended using familiar tools and technologies. In HPC you can develop parallel programs that require integrated development environments along as well as support for distributed computing standards. You can use Visual Studio 2008 within HPC as it provides a comprehensive parallel programming environment for Windows HPC Server 2008. In addition to supporting OpenMP, MPI, and Web Services, Windows HPC Server 2008 also supports third-party numerical library providers, performance optimizers, compilers, and a native parallel debugger for developing and troubleshooting parallel programs.

The 70-691 exam covers the following topics:

  • Developing an MPI Applications
  • Developing an MPI Application
  • Developing an OpenMP Application
  • Executing Jobs by Using the Scheduler
  • Optimizing and Tuning HPC Applications
  • Developing SOA-Based Applications for HPC Server

This is definitely an esoteric exam – one in which you must know several disciplines in order to succeed – I wish you all the best!


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