Hot off the press: One of our HPC gurus, Xavier Pillons from Microsoft France, just posted a How-to document, source code and an Excel spreadsheet to the windowshpc.net Windows High Performance Computing Portal. From his blog post:

"I've just posted an How to guide explaining how to compute HPL input parameters and run linpack on Windows Server 2008. This guide is also applicable for Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003."

Besides a very useful lecture in using Excel as a front end for Windows HPC Server, you will also get some background information about LINPACK and the HPL benchmark. HPL is the benchmark used to rank system in the Top500 list.

Check out the code, try the samples and PLEASE also give Xavier some feedback.