Windows Server 2008 R2 represents the latest evolution of the Windows Server operating system and supports high-end hardware systems with large numbers of microprocessors. R2 features enhanced support for Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA) computer architectures and new User-Mode Scheduling (UMS) API’s that effectively enable application developers to "minimize contention and maximize locality" within parallel computing applications. These new platform capabilities are extended via libraries such as the C++ Concurrency Runtime and the .NET Parallel Extensions along with complementary tools support within Visual Studio 2010.
1. Get your hands on the evaluation release of R2.
2. Get Visual Studio 2010 beta2.