Earlier today, I was having a brief conversation over email with one of the chaps over at Intel UK, who had a question around Windows Server 2008 R2’s use of Turbo Boost, which is a capability of the Xeon 5500 (Nehalem), that allows those processors to achieve additional performance when it is most useful. Some of you may relate this almost to a controlled, automated overclocking as and when necessary. Now, although I’d say my knowledge of Windows Server 2008 R2 is pretty good, I didn’t know the answer to this little belter, so I bing’d.
The Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2008 R2 is what I found.
Aside from answering the question around Turbo Boost (see pages 14-16 of the doc if you’re interested in tweaking Turbo Boost in R2 to kick in on the ‘balanced’ power setting, as usually, by default, it’s only applicable on High Performance), I found there was a wealth of info on Web, RDS, Hyper-V and more. If you want a more exhaustive list:
Very useful indeed, and at just over 90 pages, we’re not talking a novel here. If you’re interested, grab it here.