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Microsoft Demoes New Windows 8 Task Manager With 160 Logical Processors

A Microsoft group program manager on the User Experience team working on Windows 8 has demoed a Task Manager for the company's latest operating system that can handle a massive 160 logical cores.

Ryan Haveson showed on the MSDN blog (opens in new tab) some of the improvements in the new Windows 8 task manager compared to the old one, which makes use of a heat map as a visualisation method to "convey and compare large amount of numerical data".

These include the ability to handle as much as 160 logical processors and easily find out the load on each processor rather than having to peep at tiny green line graphs on black backgrounds.

Haveson was using a system with eight Intel Xeon E7-2870 processors, each with 10 cores (hyperthreaded) and 1TB RAM as well as what seems to be an array of solid state drives as well.

The new Task manager will support up to 640 logical processors and will offer the ability to micromanage each processor.

Windows 8 Developer Preview - the pre-beta version of the OS - was launched back in September 2011 and is set to expire on the 12th of March 2012.

See screenshots here (opens in new tab)of the new Task Manager showing 160 logical processors.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.