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Inside Windows 8: Greg Colombo - Heap Manager

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The Windows heap manager has been around as long as Windows has, evolving with each release, getting faster, more reliable, and more secure. In Windows 8, the heap manager improves in two major areas: performance and security. In this video, Greg Colombo, a developer on the Windows kernel team working on the Windows heap manager, digs into the details. What are the changes that positively impact performance and security?

This conversation—conducted entirely at the whiteboard—provides enough introductory information to ensure that even if you have no idea what a heap manager is—or what the heap is, for that matter—you will after you watch this. The complexity in this discussion increases over time, but remains understandable all the way through. Greg is an excellent communicator! Huge thanks to Greg for taking the time to educate us.

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  • Going Deep is always awesome.

  • warrenwarren atom heart mother

    Thanks for coming back to the old-school Going Deep format, Charles.  This video is excellent.  Be sure to get Greg back someday.

  • Nice one. Again.

  • CharlesCharles Welcome Change

    @all: Glad you like this! Lots of great and useful information. The pop tech press focuses on the new user mode experience and app model, but forgets, seemingly, that's there's a system underneath it all that has necessarily evolved, too. Rock on, kernel people.

    Indeed, it would be most excellent to have Greg on camera again soon to teach us more. I suspect we only scratched the surface of his knowledge this time around.


  • Adam SpeightAdam​Speight2008 The Bandito Coder

    Moire Interference pattern on the shirt.is a little trippy, and going to be on par with Erik's for screw up the potential for good compression ratio.

  • Adam SpeightAdam​Speight2008 The Bandito Coder

    256 Bytes suggest to me a lot of the allocations are Strings.

  • felix9felix9 the cat that walked by itself

    Oh ? Registry being reimagined ???

  • Great video! Greg is a fantastic presenter, especially given his topic. Thanks, Charles!

  • CharlesCharles Welcome Change

    , mswanson wrote

    Great video! Greg is a fantastic presenter, especially given his topic. Thanks, Charles!

    Thanks, Mike!!

    PS: Great to see you on C9, man!

  • CharlesCharles Welcome Change

    @felix9: Nothing to see here. We're not the droids you're looking for, Mary Jo.


  • Fantastic discussion...that has to be the single highest information-density-per-breath coming out of a single presenter that I've ever seen (although I'm still not sure what a kaylobite is Wink.  Keep these coming!

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