This 3ds Max blog is a team effort by Nicolas Holst, Lee Montgomery, Vishnu Ramdass and Anil Choudhary.
A quick overview of the number of cores that 3ds Max can use.
With the lastest Backburner 2015 version you can chose whether these cause a warning or an error.
Get them from the Autodesk Application Manager or download them from autodesk.com and subscription center.
This update resolves a number of stability issues for the Monitor application.
The next batch of 3ds Max related videos from AU 2014
The maxVersion() function gives the version number but won't tell you which service pack is installed.
Paul Neale's VI5392: Making Fast and Effective Animation: Procedural Animation Tools in 3ds Max Software
Listing the 3ds Max related AU 2014 sessions.
Some background information on the number of CPU cores that are used when also using the GPU.
A small tip to ensure that the scenematerials array is up to date in case you've deleted materials from the scene.