The HPC Debugger is an add-in for Visual Studio 2008 that helps launch remote debugging sessions for MPI or SOA applications running on a Microsoft HPC cluster.
The first feature integrates the ‘F5’ experience of launching the Visual Studio 2008 MPI Cluster Debugger for C++ MPI applications and your Windows HPC Server 2008 environment, for a better and more integrated debugging experience. A new tool window where you can specify the nodes that the debugging session will use is included. A project template for C/C++ MPI programs is also included.
The second feature enables a similar ‘F5’ experience for Cluster-SOA applications for debugging on the cluster. Three different debugging styles are enabled: (i) debugging all of the services simultaneously, (ii) debugging all requests made to a service on a specified machine, and (iii) debugging specific requests.
For both features, once your break points are set and the debugger settings are specified you only have to press ‘F5’ to launch the debugger. Pressing ‘F5’ deploys your application binaries and the remote debugger, and submits a job to the scheduler. When the job is scheduled the MPI or Cluster-SOA service processes start under the control of the remote debugger.
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