VS2008 SP1 and .NET FX Beta Performance Improvements

You probably already saw Soma’s Blog on the Beta for Visual Studio 2008 and .NET FX 3.5 SP1.  If you can, please download and install the Beta quickly (be sure to read the readme for Visual Studio Professional and for Visual Studio Team System first).  The sooner we get your feedback, the sooner we can…

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Visual Studio 2008 Performance: Still Room for Improvement

Across the Developer Division, we have made a concerted effort to make Visual Studio 2008 the best performing and most scalable version of the application yet. (See Soma’s Blog entry from September 2007 for some of the details.) We’ve already had lots of positive feedback about these improvements, which is gratifying because we are working…


Thoughts on Intel’s recent hardware announcements

Intel briefed customers recently about the evolution of its processor architectures to support ManyCore processors. Highlights of the press briefing include announcing the quad-core Tukwila processor that supports the IA-64 Itanium architecture and a six-core x64-based processor called Dunnington that will be available later this year. The major focus of the announcement though was the…

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Parallel programming: Where Do We Go From Here: Part 1

The Performance of Desktop Applications in the ManyCore Era The Quad-cores are coming! The Quad-cores are coming! Beginning in early 2008, machines with the latest quad-core processors became available from the major manufacturers. Should you be excited about the prospect? Should you run right out and buy one? These machines will have 4 independent processor…

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Where Do We Go From Here, Part 1.

The Performance of Desktop Applications in the ManyCore Era The Quad-cores are coming! The Quad-cores are coming! Beginning in early 2008, machines with the latest quad-core processors became available from the major manufacturers. Should you be excited about the prospect? Should you run right out and buy one? These machines will have 4 independent processor…

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Who Am I and What Am I Doing Writing a Blog?

My name is Mark Friedman and I have been working here at Microsoft as an Architect in the Developer Division Performance Engineering team since October 2006. Although I am a newbie here, I am an industry veteran with an extensive background in software product development, particularly in developing monitoring tools for finding and resolving performance…

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