Definition of multiprocessing in English:


(also multiprogramming)

Pronunciation /ˌməltēˈpräsəsiNG/ /ˌməltiˈprɑsəsɪŋ/ /ˌməltīˈpräsəsiNG/ /ˌməltaɪˈprɑsəsɪŋ/


  • The running of two or more programs or sequences of instructions simultaneously by a computer with more than one central processor.

    ‘Symmetric multiprocessing set-ups usually involve dual configurations, although more processors can be catered for.’
    • ‘Symmetrical multiprocessing and superclustering are not new concepts, of course.’
    • ‘In multiprocessing operating systems such as Linux, the system never is dormant.’
    • ‘I suspect it has something to do with the multiprocessing or a higher frequency frontside bus.’
    • ‘For these applications, there's no performance boost to be had in a multiprocessing system.’