Cellular multiprocessing

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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