The Windows 8 Task Manager? – GPU Usage monitoring becomes a requirement

Over the past 2 weeks I have been conducting performance testing on Autodesk Inventor using three different Operating Systems. Essentially the results of the testing revealed that unless applications are optimized for specific hardware much of the horse power we buy goes unused and wasted. One has to wonder if the inherent monitoring tools we see in Windows are really giving us the full picture. Perhaps the easiest thing to point at is Windows 7 current lack of GPU monitoring. Diagram of a possible Windows 8 Task Manager. Essentially the next Windows version after Windows 7 will be tackling new hurdles … Continue reading The Windows 8 Task Manager? – GPU Usage monitoring becomes a requirement

Big engine no gas – Multi-Core OS with native support for the hardware we buy still a future prospect.

Well we can hardly say Multi-Core processors are new technology. Those who really know the ins and outs of the way applications run will tell you there is inefficiency in the way operating systems and the applications that run on them use the hardware. This inefficiency can actually make multi-core processors run slower than their single core predecessors for non-optimized applications. The most efficient applications are specifically designed to support newer technologies like Hyper-threading and Multi-Core but those are not the business productivity applications you would expect. Yes, it is game development that is most preoccupied with the specifics of … Continue reading Big engine no gas – Multi-Core OS with native support for the hardware we buy still a future prospect.

Best Kept Secret – VHD Native Support in Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

Have you seen this? WOW. Native support for VHD disks offers huge potential. Think about creating Dual and Tripple boot systems with everything containted in one file per OS. Think about Back up to VHD… think about mounting VHDs for native read write in an OS and then sharing them with a Virtualized OS. This about syspreping an imaged OS for use across your network! Think about it and tell me you are not trying to reattach your jaw,,, Big Secret… now you know. Jeff LoucksAvailable Technology

The Numbers: Hyper-V R2 and Dynamically Expanding Storage Performance

The Virtualization team is reporting 87% of native performance when using Dynamically expanding drives. A number of MVPs were emailing today about best practices for High Availability using Hyper-V and Clustered Shared Volumes. A great topics in and of itself but one that I will bring forward more extensive information in the near future. A side topic came up. Oliver Sommer, respected MVP from Germany, introduced me to the increased performance of Dynamic Expanding drives in Hyper-V R2. Now this should not be confused with dynamic versus basic drive formats. This is dynamically Expanding Storage versus Fixed storage in Hyper-V. There … Continue reading The Numbers: Hyper-V R2 and Dynamically Expanding Storage Performance

Twilio – Programing Voice Interactive Web Applications and telephony – WOW

Every now and then I understand how Microsoft works. I am not going to explain it but this next generation of programs helps me solve some telephony questions I have had with Microsoft’s strategy. WOW. Twilio gets me going on intrigue. Sexy Name? No. Intriguing simplicity and progamability? Yes. Check out this simple ‘how to’ to understand what Twilio offers in the way of voice and phone programability from a web infrastrucutre perspective. http://www.twilio.com/how-twilio-works Jeff Loucks Available Technology