VS2010 Performance and Bad Video Drivers/Hardware

[Note, this post is superceeded by a newer post here.] We’ve received a few performance complaints around Visual Studio 2010 (Beta 2) performance that can be traced to old video drivers or GPU virtualization issues. If you’re seeing slow / broken screen updates verify you have the latest drivers for your system. If this doesn’t…

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Parallel Scalability Isn’t Child’s Play, Part 3: The Problem with Fine-Grained Parallelism

In the last blog entry in this series, I introduced the model for parallel program scalability proposed by Neil Gunther, which I praised for being a realistic antidote to more optimistic, but better known, formulas. Gunther’s model adds a new parameter to the more familiar Amdahl’s law. The additional parameter k, representing coherence-related delays, enables…


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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