Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Feb 2006 18:24 UTC
IBM Big Blue announced it would use the Cell processor designed by it, Sony and Toshiba in a range of high end servers. Applications that need good processing power and can render graphics are the target of Big Blue's desire. The first systems will become available in the third quarter of this year.
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RE[4]: Apple Is Screwed
by viton on Thu 9th Feb 2006 14:47 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Apple Is Screwed"
viton
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it's only a question of compiler switches and possibly some assembler-coded routines.
Will some SSE3 specific code run on anything other? So this code is tied to one cpu.
SIMD code may require rearraged data and different algorithms than scalar code.

Also, apps won't be able to take advantage of future Cells with more SPEs
With the right programming model this will be done by OS automatically.

or bigger local memory
This will not happen in a near future. They didn't left the space between SPE local memory area and registers, so they have only one choice: breaking the SPE memory area to 2 pieces.

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