General availability: New Azure Batch capabilities
Published date: 30 August, 2021
Use Azure Batch to run large-scale parallel and high performance computing (HPC) batch jobs in Azure. The following new Batch features are now available.
Pool Managed Identities
User-assigned managed identities can be associated with Batch pools so the pool nodes can then use the identity to access Azure resources. The managed identity can also be used to access Azure resources specifically supported by Batch, such as resource files.
Pool Virtual Machine Extensions
Pool Availability Zone Support
A pool can now be configured to allocate pool nodes across all the availability zones where the pool VM size is available and in a region that supports availability zones.
Pool Node Ephemeral OS Disk Support
Some VM series support ephemeral OS disk where the OS disk is created on local VM storage instead of remote Azure Storage. For supported VM sizes, Batch pools can now specify ephemeral OS disk is used for the pool nodes.
Exact Marketplace VM Image Version
The specific version of the platform image or marketplace image used to create the node is now available for a pool.
List Supported VM Sizes
Account Authentication Control
The service API authentication mechanism for a Batch account can be restricted to only Azure Active Directory using the 'allowedAuthenticationModes' property; API calls using access key authentication will be rejected.
The maximum number of applications for a Batch account has been increased from 20 to 200.