What is Cell? The Cell Broadband Engine Architecture (CBEA, or, informally, “Cell”) defines a new processor structure based upon the 64-bit Power Architecture technology, but with unique features directed toward distributed processing and media-rich applications. This article provides a concise view inside the Cell’s architecture.
Cell Broadband Engine Architecture from 20000 Feet
2005-08-25 Hardware 3 Comments
I am beginnning to wonder why they use the term SPE and PPE.
This chip uses typical graphic processor cores like in every other graphic card out there.
So why the techno language ?
Marketing I am guessing. Why would you want to label your processor a regular graphics chip or vector,streaming processor ? I do believe in these types of processors. Seems Intel is on the bandwagon too ,if rumor is true with their VLIM processor(too lazy to find link).
You might be able to get same or even better performance from an Nvidia or ATI card.
Everybody is jumping on board and ditching the serial processor and going with VECTOR or Streaming processors. I know, I know. The compilers aren’t there yet. Well, they might eventually. Intel knows this and they are working on it with Elbus(spelling) team.
Scientific community is finally driving the market instead of Intel now.
This is good news.
Stream processor. Professor William Dally’s processor.
Can we get one from 10000 feet? It’s too cold up there…