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A multiprocessor system is a computer that uses more than one processor to process the workload. Off-the-shelf multiprocessor systems are now common. A motherboard that supports Intel processors can be purchased for a few hundred dollars. Most network operating systems now support multiprocessing. Superservers may include an array of processors, along with a custom high-performance bus, tens of megabytes of error-correcting memory, RAID (redundant array of inexpensive disks) systems, and redundant features such as multiple power supplies. Figure 1 illustrates multiprocessing system configurations. On the left, four processors share the same bus. On the right, six multiprocessor systems are interconnected via a high-speed switching fabric.
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