Azure Batch

Official Documentation

Service Description

The automated execution of large computational processes (e.g., for mathematical calculations, video rendering, data analyses) normally poses several challenges: the temporary provision of sufficient compute capacity and distribution of the computation logic and associated data are difficult or impossible to implement in conventional IT. Azure Batch can handle these tasks, making the capabilities of batch processing available to every Azure user. The service provides the cluster environments required, distributes the calculation logic provided by EXE file or script, manages the execution, and releases the computational resources following completion so that only the required resources are billed.

Getting Started

  1. Azure Batch Learning Path
    9/27/2016, Webpage
  2. Introduction to Azure Batch with Mark Scurrell
    12/12/2014, Video, 0:11:46
  3. Azure Batch Deep Dive
    3/30/2016, Video, 0:42:26
  4. Run HPC simulation workflows in Microsoft Azure
    9/30/2016, Video, 0:58:50

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Azure Documentation

1. Overview
     1.1. What is Azure Batch
     1.2. Feature overview
     1.3. APIs and tools
     1.4. Quotas and limits
2. Get Started
     2.1. Create a Batch account
     2.2. Batch .NET tutorial
     2.3. Batch Python tutorial
     2.4. Batch Node.js tutorial
     2.5. Batch Rendering service
3. How To
     3.1. Develop
          3.1.1. Application packages
          3.1.2. Autoscale compute nodes
          3.1.3. Azure AD authentication
               3.1.3.1. Azure AD with Batch service
               3.1.3.2. Azure AD with Batch Management
          3.1.4. Compute-intensive VMs
          3.1.5. Concurrent node tasks
          3.1.6. Count tasks by state
          3.1.7. Create a pool with a custom image
          3.1.8. Efficient list queries
          3.1.9. Job preparation and completion tasks
          3.1.10. Linux compute nodes
          3.1.11. Low-priority VMs
          3.1.12. Manage Batch accounts with Batch Management .NET
          3.1.13. Persist job and task output
               3.1.13.1. Persist output with Batch API
               3.1.13.2. Persist output with File Conventions library
          3.1.14. Run MPI jobs in Batch
          3.1.15. Task dependencies
          3.1.16. User accounts for running tasks
          3.1.17. Visual Studio project templates for Batch
     3.2. Manage
          3.2.1. Batch PowerShell cmdlets
          3.2.2. Azure CLI
               3.2.2.1. Run Batch jobs without code
               3.2.2.2. Create a Batch account
               3.2.2.3. Add an application
               3.2.2.4. Manage pools
               3.2.2.5. Run a job and tasks
4. Reference
     4.1. Code samples
     4.2. PowerShell
     4.3. Azure CLI
     4.4. .NET
     4.5. Java
     4.6. Node.js
     4.7. Python SDK
     4.8. REST
     4.9. Batch diagnostic logs
     4.10. Batch Analytics
          4.10.1. Pool create event
          4.10.2. Pool delete start event
          4.10.3. Pool delete complete event
          4.10.4. Pool resize start event
          4.10.5. Pool resize complete event
          4.10.6. Task start event
          4.10.7. Task complete event
          4.10.8. Task fail event
     4.11. Azure Batch compute node environment variables
5. Related
     5.1. Batch Shipyard
     5.2. Data processing with Batch and Data Factory
     5.3. Batch and HPC solutions in the Azure cloud
6. Resources
     6.1. Azure Roadmap
     6.2. Big Compute resources
     6.3. Blog
     6.4. C# code samples
     6.5. MSDN forum
     6.6. Pricing
     6.7. Pricing calculator
     6.8. Python code samples
     6.9. Service updates
     6.10. Stack Overflow
     6.11. Videos

Web Content

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Engineering Simulation on Azure Website
Azure Batch Learning Path Webpage

Online Training Content

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Tools

Tool Description
Azure Batch Explorer The Azure Batch Explorer is a Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) application used for viewing, managing, monitoring, and debugging entities within an Azure Batch account. While this application is not officially supported, it is updated periodically, and is an invaluable tool not only for those new to Batch, but anyone developing or managing Batch applications.

Videos

Date Title Length
7/21/2017 Cloud Tech 10 - 17th July 2017 - Azure Stack, Nested Virtualisation, Azure Batch CLI and more! 0:08:04
6/23/2017 Episode 230: Azure Batch and Low Priority VMs 0:43:02
6/7/2017 Tuesdays with Cory: Rendering the next blockbuster on Azure 0:11:46
5/4/2017 Hollywood blockbusters to financial modelling: Using Azure Batch for large-scale Compute 1:01:43
3/20/2017 Cloud Tech 10 - 20th March 2017 0:09:57
2/10/2017 Running HPC in Azure for Simulations and Visualisation 1:12:08
11/16/2016 Deep Learning on Azure with GPUs 0:10:14
11/15/2016 Azure High Performance Computing 0:10:34
9/30/2016 Run HPC simulation workflows in Microsoft Azure 0:58:50
9/28/2016 Hear about the state and future direction of the Azure Compute services 1:13:25

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