Making Windows NT a Real-Time Solution -- A Technical Overview

Although Windows NT does not have a real-time architecture, you can develop many real-time data acquisition and control applications. You can employ various techniques to reduce the interrupt latencies caused by device drivers and tune Windows NT real-time performance. The most important benefit of the National Instruments computer-based measurement and automation paradigm is that you exploit the power of the personal computer. As new technologies are invented (Internet, ActiveX, PCI, and so on), the personal computer is the first to adopt them. Thus, you can be the first to enhance your applications via those technologies. As a corollary of Moore's Law, which states that the computer processor will double in performance every 18 months, your real-time response with Windows NT will be faster each year.

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