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Asymmetrical Multiprocessing

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Computer systems with multiple processors can utilize the processors in one of two ways. In asymmetrical multiprocessing, each CPU (central processing unit) is dedicated to a specific function, such as network interface card I/O (input/output) or file operations. In symmetrical multiprocessing, which is generally agreed to be superior to asymmetrical multiprocessing (but harder to implement), any CPU can handle any task if it is available to do so. Depending on the operating system and/or applications, tasks can be split up and simultaneously handled by multiple processors. Microsoft Windows NT/Windows 2000 and other new-generation operating systems perform symmetric multiprocessing.

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