August 14, 2017
Microsoft’s new Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, its latest version, is aimed at use on high-end hardware and features the company’s Resilient File System (ReFS), a server-grade file system; NVDIMM-N support for persistent memory; SMB Direct for faster file sharing; and support for hardware with up to 4 CPUs and 6TB of memory. That compares to previous, standard versions of Windows 10, which support up to 2 CPUs and 2TB of memory. The new version also supports Intel Xeon and AMD Opteron processors.
According to TechCrunch, the new version’s ability to combine access to “top-of-the-line workstations” and persistent memory results in “a lot more power.” Resilient File System “is meant to provide an extra level of data availability, resilience and fault-tolerance,” and “can handle very large volumes and automatically repair errors when data on one of the backup drives becomes corrupted.”
ReSF can “theoretically be used for volumes of up to 4.7 zettabytes (that’s about a billion terabytes and 8 million years of 8K video),” compared to “Microsoft’s standard NTFS scheme, which can handle volumes of up to 256TB.”
By using SMB Direct, uses can then “take their data … to make it available to other users on their network.” In combination with Remote Direct Memory Access, “SMB Direct enables fast file access with low latency that barely uses the local CPU,” a feature that “has been available in Microsoft’s server operating systems since the launch of Windows Server 2012.”
TechCrunch notes, however, that, “it takes the right kind of network adapter to work.” Windows 10 Pro for Workstations will be available in fall 2017, “as part of the Fall Creators Update.”
For more specifics, visit the Microsoft blog.