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It’s Time To Look At Windows 7

Microsoft has released a beta of its new OS, Windows 7, as well as some details about its functionality.

If you want to install the beta, you should start with this information from TechNet.  Even more detail is provided by Mark Russinovich, with his Inside Windows 7 interview.  Here is an excerpt from this article:

One very important change in the Windows 7 kernel is the dismantling of the dispatcher spin lock and redesign and implementation of its functionality. This great work was done by Arun Kishan (you've met him here on C9 last year). The direct result of the reworking of the dispatcher spin lock is that Windows 7 can scale to 256 processors. Further, this enabled the great Landy Wang to tune the Windows Memory Manager to be even more efficient than it already is.

This is some exciting stuff, especially as it pertains to scalability.   I’ll have to look and see how synchronized the Windows 7 kernel is with the Windows Server 2008 R2 kernel.  In any event, this should have tremendous implications for server and desktop virtualization, in addition to other high-level engineering applications.  Even the HPC (High-Performance Computing) market will benefit from this.

I should have a copy of the beta installed before month’s end, at which time I will provide a summary first look.

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Posted: Friday, January 16, 2009 9:22 AM by Logik!

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Andrew S. Baker aka ASB aka Logik!

Andrew S. Baker is a business-savvy, hands-on IT leader with expertise in mentoring people, mitigating risk, and integrating technology to drive innovation and maximize business results. He creates competitive advantage for organizations through effective IT leadership: implementation of processes and controls, and architecture of robust business solutions.

Mr. Baker has successfully led a number of high-performance technology teams in designing, deploying and maintaining secure, cost-effective computing environments for well-known companies, including Warner Music Group, The Princeton Review, Bear Stearns, About.com, and Lewco Securities.

For over a decade, Andrew has exhibited thought leadership on technology and business topics via mailing lists, technical forums, blogs, and professional networking groups, along with contributions to podcasts, webinars, and over 20 technical/business magazine articles. He also serves on several boards and committees for non-profit organizations, and within the Seventh-day Adventist church.

His personal interests include Astronomy, Basketball, Bible Study, Chess, Comics, Computers, Family Life Ministries, Reading, Strategy/Role Playing games, and Professional Networking...

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