02 November 2010 Soft Asymmetric Multiprocessing - Finding a Middle Ground between SMP and ASMP One of the first steps in embedded design is choosing a system architecture. Traditionally there have been two main options, symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) and asymmetric multiprocessing (ASMP). Today those two options are being combined using virtualization to form a new "soft ASMP" approach that offers many of the benefits of both SMP and ASMP. In this article we will look at the advantages of each approach and explain how Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel ® VT) improves the performance of soft ASMP systems. Author P.J. Tanzillo, Group Manager, Industrial Embedded Software Team, National Instruments. Associate Member of the Intel® Embedded Alliance. Related Downloads 28922\ie_template_6_natlinst.pdf Comment on this article Websites http://subscribe.embeddedinnovator.com/ Companies Intel Corporation This material is protected by MA Business copyright See Terms and Conditions. One-off usage is permitted but bulk copying is not. For multiple copies contact the sales team. What you think about this article: Add your comments Name Email Comments Your comments/feedback may be edited prior to publishing. Not all entries will be published. Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.