what is an 'smp' kernel ?

Mehmet Fatih AKBULUT mfatihakbulut at gmail.com
Mon Dec 5 14:35:58 UTC 2005


(1) Short for *Symmetric Multiprocessing,* a
architecture <http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/S/architecture.html> that
provides fast performance by making multiple
CPUs<http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/S/CPU.html>available to complete
processes <http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/S/process.html> simultaneously (
multiprocessing <http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/S/multiprocessing.html>).
Unlike asymmetrical processing, any idle
processor<http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/S/SMP.html#>can be assigned
any task, and additional
CPUs <http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/S/SMP.html#> can be added to improve
performance and handle increased loads. A variety of specialized operating
systems <http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/S/SMP.html#> and hardware
arrangements are available to support SMP. Specific applications can benefit
from SMP if the code allows

SMP uses a single operating
shares common memory and disk input/output resources. Both UNIX and
NT <http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/S/SMP.html#> support SMP.

(2) Short for *Simple Management Protocol,* another name for SNMP2. SNMP2 is
an enhanced version of the Simple Network Management Protocol
(SNMP)<http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/S/SNMP.html>with features
required to support larger networks operating at high data
transmission rates. SNMP2 also supports multiple network management
workstations organized in a hierarchical fashion.
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