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Intel Talks About Windows 7 Optimizations

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 4 comments

Intel helped Microsoft make Windows 7 faster.

One of the biggest challenges for Microsoft when designing any piece of software is maintaining compatibility for the nearly infinite different configurations of hardware. This is especially true for an operating system, which is why Microsoft worked with hardware partners as closely as possible when developing Windows 7.

Intel, being the largest chip maker in the world, played an important part in optimizing Windows 7 so that it'll run well on Intel CPUs.

Joakim Lialias, Intel's Alliance Manager for Microsoft explained on the new Partner blog some of the optimizations: "Working with Intel, Microsoft implemented a new feature called SMT parking, which provided additional support for the Windows 7 scheduler for Intel Hyper-threading Technology, enabling better performance on hyper-threaded, multi-core Intel processors. This will help users get the maximum benefit from multi-tasking."

"Also, Intel and Microsoft jointly analyzed the boot/shutdown/sleep/resume times on Intel platforms during the development of Windows 7 to identify opportunities to optimize Intel drivers and BIOS as well as Windows 7," Lialias continued. "Our mutual goal was to provide the most responsive compute experience possible. Another key part of the performance and responsiveness was our collaboration to optimize Intel Solid State Drive technology for Windows 7."

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    rIcHrD , 25 July 2009 06:17
    What's SMT Parking?
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    Anonymous , 25 July 2009 09:36
    @Rab1d-BDGR: I don't see Microsoft forgetting AMD, for two reasons: 1, AMD cpus's are relatively common in retail builds, and 2, Microsoft is trying to get public opinion back with this release; not supporting a major hardware maker could cause the type of bad publicity they are trying to avoid.
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    jaragon13 , 27 July 2009 10:44
    rIcHrDWhat's SMT Parking?

    "which provided additional support for the Windows 7 scheduler for Intel Hyper-threading Technology, enabling better performance on hyper-threaded, multi-core Intel processors. This will help users get the maximum benefit from multi-tasking."
    Helped if you could of read after the comma.
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    david__t , 27 July 2009 20:05
    AMD fans have no need to worry - most optimisations would directly translate over to the AMD CPUs anyway - anything that says that it is optimised for Hyperthreading or Mutli CPU cores will apply to both Chip makers - it is just multi threaded programming which is what all multi cores are for in the first place. At least this time the OS will truly support multi threading properly and might make better use of large amounts of RAM now that has become the norm due to falling DRAM prices.