Are you a candidate to run Visual Studio 2010 on a 64-bit OS?

Brian Harry’s just posted an article on configuring an ideal Visual Studio development machine.  You can read about it here: http://blogs.msdn.com/bharry/archive/2010/04/29/your-visual-studio-2010-dream-machine.aspx. By the way, if you scroll down and peruse the comments that customers have posted there, you will see recommendations for several other configuration options. Some of these go well beyond the simpler &…

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Are we taking advantage of Parallelism?

Recently, a colleague of mine, Mark Friedman, posted a blog titled “Parallel Scalability Isn’t Child’s Play” in which he reviewed the merits of Amdahl Law vs. Gunther’s Law for determining the practical limits to parallelization. I would not argue with the premise of Mark’s blog that Parallelism is not child’s play. However, I do have…

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Parallel Scalability Isn’t Child’s Play

In a recent blog entry, Dr. Neil Gunther, a colleague from the Computer Measurement Group (CMG), warned about unrealistic expectations being raised with regard to the performance of parallel programs on current multi-core hardware. Neil’s blog entry highlighted a dismal parallel programming experience publicized in a recent press release from the Sandia Labs in Albuquerque,…

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Visual Studio 2010 Hardware Requirements

Soma’s been talking about the upcoming Visual Studio 2010 release on his blog, which means I’m starting to get questions about what type of hardware you’re going to need to run VS2010 on. Unfortunately, I can’t give you an official answer yet (other than to say, it depends on what you’re doing – obviously building…

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