<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
Supported operating systems will be Windows NT
7.0, Unisys' SVR4 Unix
and possibly the OS2200 and MCP-AS mainframe
operating systems (with the assistance of Unisys' own dedicated chipset).