February 11, 2005

The Cell Processor

Once again, Hannibal at Ars Technica has put together a processor article. This time, the subject is the Cell processor [Part I, Part II]. It appears Hannibal is attending an session hosted by IBM.

This article is a little short on details, no doubt due to the general audience nature of IBM's session, but it would appear that IBM is taking going in a new direction to meet the technological needs of straight-forward application execution. Rather than introducing a lot of complexity to optimize instruction execution and multitasking, individual Cell processors (called SPEs) are relatively dumb but fast and parallel. All the SPEs work together to do things. I view it as distributed computing on a micro level.

But I may have interpreted things wrong. Read the article to get a better understanding.

Posted by josuah at February 11, 2005 5:35 AM UTC+00:00

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