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What’s PurgeMsmpi_x64.exe (Azure-Compute-MSMPI master (1ce46e0) Microsoft MPI)? Is it safe or a virus?

Microsoft MPI (MS-MPI) represents Microsoft's adaptation of the Message Passing Interface standard, designed to facilitate the development and execution of parallel applications on the Windows platform.

This implementation simplifies the process of porting existing code originally designed for MPICH, ensures security through Active Directory Domain Services, delivers high performance specifically tailored for the Windows operating system, and maintains binary compatibility across various interconnectivity options.

So what exactly does PurgeMsmpi_x64.exe do? In the context of Microsoft MPI (MS-MPI), an executable (.exe) file named "Purge" is likely designed to perform a cleaning or maintenance function.

Given its suggestive name, this tool probably helps in removing or cleaning up data, temporary files, or configurations that are no longer needed by MS-MPI. This could include purging stale or corrupt message queues, cleaning up temporary files used in parallel processing tasks, or resetting the state of the MS-MPI environment to resolve issues or free up resources. Such a utility would be useful in maintaining the efficiency and stability of parallel computing environments on the Windows platform.

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Who makes PurgeMsmpi_x64.exe (Azure-Compute-MSMPI master (1ce46e0) Microsoft MPI)?

We’ve found Microsoft Corporation should be the publisher of PurgeMsmpi_x64.exe.

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Last updated: March 7, 2024

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