In the case of multi-core process ors, a distinction is made between symmetrically constructed multi-core processors, the Symmetric Multip
rocessor (SMP) and the Asymmetric Multiprocessors (AMP). While in symmetric multi-core processors the individual processors share the operating system and the common address space of the main memory, in asymmetric multi-core processors the processor cores are decoupled from each other. Each processor core has its own software and processes applications independently of other processor cores. The performance of a single processor core is decisive for the computing power.