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Clustered Multiprocessing: Changing the Rules of the Performance Game

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Executive Summary

Because improvements in practical computer power lag far behind these exponential hardware improvements, the key to maintaining processor performance has become multiprocessor or multicore design. This white paper details how the Clustered Multiprocessor (CMP) from F5, in combination with TMOS, provides customers with scalability, extensibility, adaptability, and manageability. In reality, improvements in practical computer power lag far behind these exponential hardware improvements. While Moore's Law continues to be a fair indicator of the complexity of integrated circuit design, this complexity is not being applied towards single, faster, larger, and more productive computing units with increasingly larger buses. Instead, it's being implemented in processors with multiple computing units in smaller chips.

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