Collaboration with Microsoft could allow the software giant’s upcoming Windows 7 OS to take advantage of multithreaded and multicore Intel chips for faster application performance, according to an Intel official.
Microsoft and Intel are working together to give Windows 7 the ability to better identify resources available and break up application processing over multiple chip cores and threads.
Observers have criticized Microsoft’s previous operating systems for not taking full advantage of multicore and multithreaded chips. Windows 7 will do a more intelligent job of allocating tasks across hardware resources, said Jim McGregor, chief technology strategist with In-Stat.
A feature called SMT parking allows Windows 7 to take advantage of Intel hyperthreading technology for “better performance on hyperthreaded, multicore Intel processors.
This feature will help users break up tasks like video encoding and image filtering over multiple task-execution threads. Intel chips based on its new Nehalem architecture are capable of running two threads per core, and ultimately all of Intel’s laptop and desktop chips will be based on Nehalem.