Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Sep 2010 13:00 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems So, we have Intel and AMD. These guys are doing pretty well in laptops, servers, and of course desktops, but when it comes to mobile devices, they've so far been unable to adapt the x86 architecture to the stricter requirements that come with those devices. ARM, on the other hand, pretty much owns this market at this point. And you know what? It's time for Intel and AMD to get worried - really worried. ARM has just announced its Cortex-A15 MPCore chips - which will reach 2.5Ghz in quad-core configurations.
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RE[2]: Microsoft Windows + ARM?
by werfu on Thu 9th Sep 2010 14:39 UTC in reply to "RE: Microsoft Windows + ARM?"
werfu
Member since:
2005-09-15

Think about it... what mainly run on Windows Server? Microsoft will be keen to compile IIS, .Net and SQL Server for the ARM platform. All Microsoft software will receive the ARM version pretty soon. If ARM is successful, expect other major player like IBM and Oracle to create ARM version of their Windows program too. I can't just think about any possible obstacle for Windows onto ARM in the server market. Its already standardized and much more tight than the desktop market.

About a x86 JIT translator... It can be done, but I'm not sure how much it will be efficient. Today's code compilers produce is highly optimized for the current generation processors execution pipeline.

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vaette Member since:
2008-08-09

Indeed, Microsoft building a Windows Server version for small ARM blades would be an interesting first step for them. Now that you have brought it up I can't help thinking that this would likely be the first sign we could see. Physicalization is a pretty big movement in the server market these days, and relies on small and cheap machines...

Food for thought. It certainly is more fun discussing Microsoft these days when they aren't quite the evil juggernaut they once were ;)

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bhtooefr Member since:
2009-02-19

FX!32 used a different approach. It was a profiling recompiler. Not a JITter, it instead analyzed what code was doing, and recompiled it as needed to improve performance.

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