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What Does Single-Image Mode Mean?

In IT, the term “single-image mode” refers to a software setup where multiple processors are shown as one collective processor within an operating system environment. The separate resources are shown as a single image to give administrators a different view of the full system.

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Techopedia Explains Single-Image Mode

The idea of setting up multiple central processing units (CPUs) as a single-image view has something to do with the complexity of today’s IT architectures. For example, in hardware virtualization, administrators may set up any number of processors or partition physical processors into virtual CPUs for use by individual virtual machines. In order to provide a clear and transparent operational information, a single-image mode can be used to demonstrate how processing gets done across an entire system.

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Margaret is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical business audience. Over the past twenty years, her IT definitions have been published by Que in an encyclopedia of technology terms and cited in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine, and Discovery Magazine. She joined Techopedia in 2011. Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages.