Encyclopedia of Parallel Computing

2011 Edition
| Editors: David Padua

Shared-Memory Multiprocessors

  • Luis H Ceze
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-09766-4_142



A shared-memory multiprocessor is a computer system composed of multiple independent processors that execute different instruction streams. Using Flynns’s classification [ 1], an SMP is a multiple-instruction multiple-data (MIMD) architecture. The processors share a common memory address space and communicate with each other via memory. A typical shared-memory multiprocessor (Fig.  1 ) includes some number of processors with local caches, all interconnected with each other and with common memory via an interconnection (e.g., a bus).
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luis H Ceze
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  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and EngineeringUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA