Virtual SMP (Symmetric Multi-Processing)

Virtual SMP (Symmetric Multi-Processing) enables a single virtual machine in VMware Player to use two or more processors simultaneously. You can assign processors and cores per processor to a virtual machine on a host system that has at least two logical processors. The following hosts are considered to have two logical processors:

  • multiprocessor hosts with two or more physical CPUs
  • single-processor hosts with a multicore CPU
  • single-processor hosts with hyperthreading enabled

Here is how you can configure the eight-way virtual symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) for an existing virtual machines:

1. Select the virtual machine from the library and go to Player > Manage > Virtual Machine Settings:

vm settings

2. On the Hardware tab, select Processors. On the right side, change the Number of processor cores setting to 8 and click OK:

virtual symmetric multiprocessing

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