Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 20th Jan 2007 18:32 UTC, submitted by jayson.knight
Windows Work by Microsoft's R&D group played a part in revamping Windows, a researcher said Friday, but not all the toil made it into Vista. Microsoft Research contributed to the SuperFetch effort, a feature within Vista that predicts which applications are used when, then pre-loads them so that they're instantly available. "As part of a long term set of projects, we want to teach the computer to learn from users to make the machine more proactive," says Eric Horvitz, a principal researcher with Microsoft's R&D as well as the president-elect of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence. "We want to use the system's idle time to make things punchier."
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by Hiev on Sat 20th Jan 2007 20:00 UTC
Hiev
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2005-09-27

So if I play Unreal Tournament daily, it will try to preload it every time I boot my computer?

I hope not.

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by prymitive on Sat 20th Jan 2007 20:03 in reply to "..."
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2006-11-20

Hey they got to fill Your ram with something, if not You would get a false assumption that You got enough of memory and You wouldn't buy more.

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by sukru on Sat 20th Jan 2007 21:22 in reply to "RE: ..."
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2006-11-19

Hey they got to fill Your ram with something, if not You would get a false assumption that You got enough of memory and You wouldn't buy more.

Unfortunately I'll have to disagree. A good memory manager tries to utilize available memory as much as possible.

Caching is not about bloat. If the OS has a good strategy, it can make your experience much smoother.

In other words: RAM is not there to sit idle. It has to be used.

Yet a good memory manager also has to know when to throw pieces out of cache. Otherwise a cache without a policy is a memory leak -- i.e: "premature optimization is root all evil".

Edited 2007-01-20 21:25

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