DV Hardware bringing you the hottest news about processors, graphics cards, Intel, AMD, NVIDIA, hardware and technology!

   Home | News submit | News Archives | Reviews | Articles | Howto's | Advertise
 
DarkVision Hardware - Daily tech news
December 8, 2016 
Main Menu
Home
Info
News archives
Articles
Howto
Reviews
 

Who's Online
There are currently 119 people online.

 

Latest Reviews
Zowie P-TF Rough mousepad
Zowie FK mouse
BitFenix Ronin case
Ozone Rage ST headset
Lamptron FC-10 SE fan controller
ZOWIE G-TF Rough mousepad
ROCCAT Isku FX gaming keyboard
Prolimatech Magnetic Pin
 

Follow us
RSS
 

Microsoft: Next Windows to be fundamentally redesigned

Posted on Thursday, May 31 2007 @ 00:16:25 CEST by


At the Future in Review 2007 conference in San Diego, California Microsoft executive Ty Carlson talked about the future of the Windows operating system. He claimed future versions of the operating system will be "fundamentally different" in order to take advantage of multi-core processors.

Carlson said Vista was designed to run on one, two maybe four processor cores but that future versions of Windows will need to be designed for PCs with eight, 16, 64 and even more cores.
Carlson is tipping his hat to the fact that little growth is expected from straight MHz scaling of single CPU cores over the coming years. Multi-core is the only way to go (for now), but Microsoft isn't exactly behind the times. The Windows kernel has supported multiple processors since the first release of NT (which for marketing reasons was called version 3.1) back in 1993. The NT kernel can allocate various processes and threads to different CPUs, and the maximum number of CPUs that it supports is generally an issue of licensing, not technical capability. (There is a hard limit, however, on NT systems: 32-bit Windows can have only 32 total processor cores, and 64-bit Windows has a 64-core limit, no matter how many physical processors are in the system).

It only makes sense that as the multi-core scene matures, so will Microsoft's embrace of it. Whether or not this embrace will result in something "fundamentally different" is not particularly clear, and given that Carlson is more of a marketing person than a technical one (he previously held the position of manager of the rapid deployment program), there's always the possibility that "fundamentally different" means nothing more than "different." Still, let's give him the benefit of the doubt.
More details at ARS Technica.


 



 

DV Hardware - Privacy statement
All logos and trademarks are property of their respective owner.
The comments are property of their posters, all the rest © 2002-2016 DM Media Group bvba