<architecture, parallel> (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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