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Wednesday, February 23, 2005

  Cell hype

I'm really tired of the Cell hype. It's just a new chip with a lightning fast memory interface, with a whole bunch of weird DSP-like interfaces that are going to be a bitch to program for. Yawn. I'm much more excited about the Cirrus Logic EP9302, which eats half a watt, costs 9 bucks, and has an honest to god FPU on it.

It will take years more for a Cell workstation to be more useful than a space heater.

However, when these babies ship - if IBM/Sony were to give one to each of the top 500 kernel and compiler developers in the world... along with a lifetime supply of pizza and beer... they might cut that time down considerably. I fully expect them to set up a public cluster much like they do now for people porting to their mainframes...
 
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Odds are that the top Linux kernel developers will buy the Sony PS3 or know someone who has one. These consoles will supposedly do 256 gflop with the onboard Cell chip. Imagine running Linux on these babies! Serious number crunching!
 
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