VMware Virtual Symmetric Multi-Processing

The VMware Virtual Symmetric MultiProcessing (vSMP, or Virtual SMP) product allows virtual infrastructure administrators to construct virtual machines with multiple virtual processors. VMware Virtual SMP is not the licensing product that allows ESX/ESXi to be installed on servers with multiple processors; it is the technology that allows the use of multiple processors inside a virtual machine.

With VMware Virtual SMP, applications that require and can actually use multiple CPUs can be run in virtual machines configured with multiple virtual CPUs. This allows organizations to virtualize even more applications without negatively impacting performance or being unable to meet service-level agreements (SLAs).