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(SMP) Two or more similar processor
The processors are treated more or less equally, with
processors in the system, interchangeably, at the operating
system's discretion. Simple MP usually involves assigning
each processor to a fixed task (such as managing the file
system), reserving the single main CPU for general tasks.
currently supports so-called HMP (Hybrid
Multiprocessing), which provides some elements of symmetric
multiprocessing, using add-on IBM software called MP/2. OS/2
SMP was planned for release in late 1993.