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Meaning of CELLULAR MULTIPROCESSING

 
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(CMP) The partitioning of processors into separate computing environments running different operating systems.

The term cellular multiprocessing appears to have been coined by unisys, who are developing a system where computers communicate as clustered machines through a high speed bus, rather than through communication protocols such as tcp/ip.

The Unisys system is based on intel processors, initially the pentium ii xeon and moving on to the 64-bit merced processors later in 1999. It will be scalable from four up to 32 processors, which can be clustered or partitioned in various ways. For example a sixteen processor system could be configured as four windows nt systems (each functioning as a four-processor symmetric multiprocessing system), or an 8-way NT and 8-way unix system.

Supported operating systems will be windows nt, sco's unixware 7.0, Unisys' svr4 unix and possibly the OS2200 and MCP-AS mainframe operating systems (with the assistance of Unisys' own dedicated chipset).

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