Interactive Launch of 16,000 Microsoft Windows Instances on a Supercomputer

  title={Interactive Launch of 16,000 Microsoft Windows Instances on a Supercomputer},
  author={Michael Jones and Jeremy Kepner and Bradley Orchard and A. Reuther and William Arcand and David Bestor and Bill Bergeron and Chansup Byun and Vijay N. Gadepally and Michael Houle and Matthew Hubbell and Anna Klein and Lauren Milechin and Julie Mullen and Andrew Prout and Antonio Rosa and Siddharth Samsi and Charles Yee and Peter Michaleas},
  journal={2018 IEEE High Performance extreme Computing Conference (HPEC)},
Simulation, machine learning, and data analysis require a wide range of software which can be dependent upon specific operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows. Running this software interactively on massively parallel supercomputers can present many challenges. Traditional methods of scaling Microsoft Windows applications to run on thousands of processors have typically relied on heavyweight virtual machines that can be inefficient and slow to launch on modern manycore processors. This… 

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