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6/13/2018 Batch Updated Feature The monthly update to Batch services has been released. This month includes updates to marketplace image support, updates to batch rendering, an update to batch labs, and new VM labs. Link Link Details
6/6/2018 Marketplace New Feature We continue to expand the Azure Marketplace ecosystem. From May 1 to 15, 28 new offers successfully met the onboarding criteria and went live. A few examples: CentOS for Azure Batch, Apptimized Suite, Ubuntu Server for Azure Batch, Infrastructure for SAP NetWeaver and SAP HANA on SUSE and more. Link Link Details
5/7/2018 Machine Learning Preview Feature Azure ML with Project Brainwave: We're announcing a preview of Project Brainwave integrated with Azure ML. Brainwave is an architecture for deep neural net processing that enables super-fast AI with hardware acceleration. It initially supports ResNet50-based neural networks on Intel FPGA hardware for very low latency inferencing and transfer learning. Based on our internal performance metrics, Project Brainwave’s promise is the lowest latency and lowest cost for real-time AI in the industry, especially for single (batch size 1) inferences. Link Link Details
5/3/2018 Virtual Machine Scale Set Preview Feature We are thrilled to announce the public preview of low-priority virtual machines (VMs) on VM scale sets. Low-priority VMs allow users to run their workloads at a fraction of the price, enabling significant cost savings. This offering has been available through our Azure Batch service since May 2017, and because we have seen great customer success we are expanding it to VM scale sets. This is a great option for resilient, fault-tolerant applications as these VMs are allocated using our unutilized capacity and can, therefore, be evicted. Low-priority VMs are available through VM scale sets with up to an 80 percent discount. Link Link Details
1/10/2018 SQL Database Updated Features Database compatibility level 140 is now the default for new databases created in Azure SQL Database across almost all public regions. As of this writing, there are already 539,903 databases in Azure SQL Database running in compatibility level 140. The biggest change is the enabling of the adaptive query processing feature family, but there are also query processing-related fixes and batch mode improvements as well. Link Link Details
12/7/2017 Container Service New Features We are also excited to introduce Kashti, a dashboard and visualization tool for Brigade pipelines, a project we announced in Prague at the Open Source Summit. Brigade helps developers and operations managers get their work done quickly by scripting together multiple tasks and executing them inside of containers. This has many applications including Kubernetes-native CI/CD, ETL, batch workflows, and more. Kashti extends Brigade with a dashboard UI, built as a Kubernetes service and installed via Helm. With Kashti, developers can easily manage and visualize their Brigade events and projects through a web browser. Link Link Details
11/16/2017 Batch Pricing Update Effective January 1, 2018, the billing meter name for the Chaos Group V-Ray software will change from “VRay” to “V-Ray” to reflect the correct name of the software. Pricing won’t be affected, but you might need to modify billing routines that rely on meter names. Link Details
11/14/2017 Batch New Features Today, we're excited to announce support for Singularity containers in the latest Batch Shipyard release. Singularity is a container solution amenable to both administrators and users of shared HPC and cluster computing environments, while still providing access to accelerators such as GPUs and specialized interconnects in container contexts. Link Link Details
11/14/2017 Batch New Features With the latest updates to Azure Batch, you now have the option to schedule your tasks as Docker container invocations. Containers and Azure Batch are an ideal way to package, execute, and scale your High Performance Computing (HPC) applications and batch workloads in a consistent, reproducible manner utilizing powerful cloud native job scheduling capabilities. Link Link Details
10/16/2017 Batch New Features Since the previous update, we have added the following capabilities to Azure Batch: Custom images and virtual networks Batch low-priority VMs Batch rendering platform Hybrid Use Benefits and more! Link Details

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