Computer science help needed on Cache Memory and Multicore Processors

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Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of both symmetrical and master-slave multiprocessing systems in regards to computer processing speed, multiprocessing configuration, overheating, and cost. Of the two (2), recommend the type of processor that would be better suited for a computer that is primarily used for the following: Word processing, Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, and computer gaming. Provide a rationale for your response.

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In  terms of  computer processing it  has high  speed  and is reliable

Fault tolerant support is  well  catered  for  since  if  one  fails  others  dont

Balanced workload  thus  no  issue  of  one  being  overloaded  by others  hence  fast


Resource conflicts – memory, i/o,  whereby  one  processor  may conflict  with  other  in the mode  of  acccess

in terms  of  configuration it  has Complex implementation 

The cost  is  very  high  even  though efficient

master slave


Simplicity  in terms  of  configuration since  just  needs one processor  to  configure

Protection of system and data since  they  are  just  within one  processor


Master CPU becomes a bottleneck  since  it  may  overheat  due  to  heavy  workload

Reliability issues – if master CPU fails entire system fails thus its  no  longer  reliable 

For  2  we  recommend  a master slave  since the workload of  the computer  is not heavy  and  its  much  cheaper  and  simple

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