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The Multicore Processing User's Guide describes how you can use symmetric multiprocessing to get the most performance possible out of a multiprocessor system. It also describes how to use bound multiprocessing to restrict which processors a thread can run on.
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|Multicore processing in general||What is Multicore Processing?|
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|Terminology used in this guide||Glossary|
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