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Start Here!™ Fundamentals of Microsoft® .NET Programming by Rod Stephens

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Multiprocessing

In multiprocessing, a computer uses multiple execution elements to perform several tasks at the same time. Those elements could be separate processors running on separate chips or, as is increasingly common these days, they can be separate cores within the same processor. A core is the part of a processor that actually executes commands. By putting more than one core on the same chip, a computer can greatly increase its potential computing power.

Today, two or four core computers are common, processors with six or eight cores are also available, and one experimental processor contains more than 1,000 cores! (To learn more about this innovative computer, see http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-01-scientists-cores-chip.html.)

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