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MP Floating Pointer Structure
An MP-compliant system must implement the MP floating pointer structure, which is a variable
length data structure in multiples of 16 bytes. Currently, only one 16-byte data structure is defined.
It must span a minimum of 16 contiguous bytes, beginning on a 16-byte boundary, and it must be
located within the physical address as specified in the previous section. To determine whether the
system conforms to the MP specification, the operating system must search for the MP floating
pointer structure in the order specified in the previous section. Figure 4-2 shows the format of this
structure, and Table 4-1 explains each of the fields.
PHYSICAL ADDRESS POINTER
Figure 4-2. MP Floating Pointer Structure