AROS is the first AmigaOS variant to have SMP support, SMP and 64bit support on any AmigaOS has never been done even on PowerPC variants such as AmigaOS 4 or MorphOS. Symmetric multiprocessing involves a symmetric multiprocessor system hardware and software architecture where two or more identical processors are connected to a single process, shared main memory and have full access to all I/O devices. When more than one program executes at the same time, an SMP system has considerably better performance than a uni-processor, because different programs can run on different CPUs simultaneously. However, SMP requires different programming methods to achieve maximum performance, and AROS has no software making use of SMP and 64bit capabilities. None the less a big step forwards for the AROS team and this without compromising AmigaOS 3.1 compatibility. Release is TBA…

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