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symmetric multiprocessing
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parallel (SMP) Two or more similar processors connected
via a high-bandwidth link and managed by one operatingsystem, where each processor has equal access to I/O devices.
This is in contrast to the "compute server" kind of
I/O to disks, terminals and local area network etc.
The processors are treated more or less equally, with
application programs able to run on any or perhaps all
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.