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Old Oct 13, 2009, 02:53 PM   #1
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Windows 7 Boasts Better Multi-Core, Support for up to 256 Cores

The company is taking multi-core performance very seriously.

Microsoft has enthusiastically jumped on the opportunity to utilize this power with Windows 7. The new OS can support up to 256 cores, versus 64 in Vista. Jon DeVaan, senior vice president of Microsoft's Windows Core Operating System Division says this change was particularly weighty. He states, "One dimension is support for a much larger number of processors and getting good linear scaling on that change from 64 to 256 processors. There's all kinds of depth in that change."

The improvements that enabled the increased number of cores also will improve performance with standard consumer numbers of cores -- typically 2 to 4 -- via improvements in cache and workload balancing. Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 also features greatly improved support for multi-threading and should allow Windows applications makers to make more efficient Windows 7 apps that leverage multiple cores.

Evans Data analyst Janel Garvin says that is perhaps the most important change. He states, "An operating system is never going to be able to take an application that isn't already parallel and make it so. Developers still need to multi-thread their apps. Microsoft has done surprisingly little until recently to help developers write parallel applications, except for their alliance with Intel to promote Parallel Studio."


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