Monday October 10, 2011

Reducing Runtime Memory in Windows 8

The Windows 8 development team updated its blog today to explain how the company has optimized the way Windows 8 uses memory.

As Windows executes applications and performs its own system housekeeping, program files and data are loaded off the disk into main memory. During Windows 7 and Windows 8 development to date, we’ve analyzed the pieces (pages) of memory during normal execution and how often they were referenced. The idea here is that if you’re going to pay the price for allocating a piece of memory, you’d better be using it (referencing it) often. If you’re not referencing that memory often but need it, consolidate it with something else.