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The x86 Microprocessors: 8086 to Pentium, Multicores, Atom and the 8051 Microcontroller, 2nd Edition by Lyla B. Das

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13

Multiprocessor Configurations

IN THIS CHAPTER, YOU WILL LEARN

  • The principles and problems of multi­processing.
  • The different types of multiprocessing systems.
  • The way 8086 handles multiprocessing.
  • How the 8086 operates in a coprocessor con­figuration.
  • How the 8086 works in conjunction with an I/O processor.
  • The bus arbitration schemes used in loosely coupled systems.
  • The use of the bus arbiter 8289 for bus arbitration.
  • The relevance of IEEE 754 format for real numbers.
  • Conversion from IEEE 754 number format to decimal numbers and vice versa.
  • The architecture of the 8087 arithmetic coprocessor.
  • To write programs using 8087 instructions.

Introduction

What is multiprocessing?

Multiprocessing is a term used to indicate that the system contains ...

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