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How many processors can the BeOS take advantage of?

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Right now the limit is 8.

In theory the BeOS supports any number of processors, but as with most things you have to pick a limit somewhere and we picked 8. We could raise the limit by changing a constant in the kernel but it would serve no purpose.

Until we actually try to port to a machine with more than 8 processors (today there aren't any we're aware of at a price point we think is interesting), we don't see any need in raising the limit for the sake of marketing hype. And don't worry, when the BeOS runs on a 32-processor monster, you will hear about it.

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