Pigs Can Fly

Windows performance, development, and related issues(and maybe some not so related...)

October, 2006

Blog - About

About Pigs Can Fly

I'm Richard Russell, a dev manager on the Windows client performance team, this blog is focused on Windows peformance, development in general, and related issues (and maybe some not so related...) 

Our team's charter is to make Windows better - faster, smaller, more efficient.   Our team works in two general areas - performance analysis and Windows feature development.  On the analysis side, we design and impliment solutions to solve performance performance problems, and work with other teams to impliment performance improvements.  We also designed and developed several Vista features such as SuperFetch, ReadyBoost, ReadyDrive, runtime performance diagnostics, and the Windows Experience Index.

Here is a good Channel9 video interview with Mike Fortin that porivdes a good overview of our team, and goes into detail on SuperFetch, disk layout and defrag and other interesting topics.

Our unofficial team mascot is a flying pig :)

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    ISRs and DPCs, The Silent Killers

    Hardware interrupt service routines and deferred procedure calls can be the silent killers of system performance. ISRs and DPCs are the highest priority code that runs in the system - they cannot be pre-empted by the OS and run to completion. ISRs and...
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    Graphics Memory Reporting in Vista

    Vista manages graphics memory in a much more sophistical way than XP. In XP, the graphics driver was responsible for this; XP drivers report the amount of graphics memory to the OS however they want. In Vista, the WDDM manages graphics memory and knows much more about it....
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    No marketing people were hurt in the naming of this feature....

    In the description of MIke's recent Channel9 interview , Charles hints that Marketing named the feature. Actualy, this was what we (the dev team) called the feature from the very begining! Its one of the few internal code names that stuck as an acutal...
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    What does it take to run Aero

    I receive a lot of questions internally and from partners about what it takes for a system to run the desktop composition Aero them. The answer isn't straight forward - desktop composition is much more demanding than XP's GDI based window management....
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    Channel9 has a good video of Mike Fortin discussing what our team does.

    Channel9 has a good video interview of Mike Fortin where he dicusses what our team does and goes into good detail on SuperFetch, disk layout and defrag, and other interesting topics. See http://channel9.msdn.com/showpost.aspx?postid=242429
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    Really Odd Spam...

    I check my junk email folder every now and then. Its a bit humorous the lengths some people will go to misspell Viagra. But yesterday, some really odd spam arrived - 55 messages in total over about an hour and were sent to one an external alias I subscribe...
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