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Microsoft MPI

Microsoft MPI (MS-MPI) is a Microsoft implementation of the Message Passing Interface standard for developing and running parallel applications on the Windows platform.

MS-MPI offers several benefits:

  • Ease of porting existing code that uses MPICH.
  • Security based on Active Directory Domain Services.
  • High performance on the Windows operating system.
  • Binary compatibility across different types of interconnectivity options.

Version of MPI standard

MS-MPI is MPI 2.2 compliant with the exception of Fortran bindings errata around attributes interop between C and Fortran. MS-MPI implements a subset of features from MPI 3.1 standard:

  • Non-blocking collectives,
  • RMA,
  • MPI shared memory,
  • New datatypes,
  • Large counts,
  • Matched probe.

For the full list of APIs please see Microsoft MPI Reference.

MS-MPI downloads

The following are current downloads for MS-MPI:

Earlier versions of MS-MPI are available from the Microsoft Download Center.

Community resources

Microsoft high performance computing resources



  • Visial Studio 2017

    Please make sure to select the following workloads during installation:

    • .NET desktop development (required for CBT/Nuget packages)
    • Desktop development with C++
  • Windows SDK

  • Windows WDK

  • GFortran

    • Update GFORTRAN_BIN in Derectory.Build.props to the install location of GFortran
  • Perl

Based on the installed VS/SDK/WDK versions, update VCToolsVersion and WindowsTargetPlatformVersion in Directory.Build.props

Note that the build system uses CommonBuildToolSet(CBT). You may need to unblock CBT.core.dll (under .build/CBT) depending on your security configurations. Please refer to CBT documentation for additional details.


To build, open a Native Tools Command Prompt for Visual Studio and run msbuild from root folder.


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