Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Linux Kernel 2.6.20 to add Playstation 3 support

It appears the 2.6.20 version of the Linux kernel about to be release will include a lot of PS3 enhancements.

According to this page the changes are made by Sony engineers.

Found from a this Slashdot post.
Here is a softpedia article on it.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Ah .. The power of cells

Found this great post off Slashdot.

Down in the article they talk about a new Petaflop supercomputer that IBM is building..
Read this quote and ask "Does this architecture sound familiar?"

"Roadrunner is the first rendering of a hybrid computing architecture: multiple heterogeneous cores with a multitier memory hierarchy. It's also built entirely out of commodity parts: AMD Opteron-based servers, Cell BE-based accelerators and Infiniband interconnect. Standard processing (e.g., file system I/O) will be handled by Opteron processors, while more mathematically and CPU-intensive elements will be directed to the Cell BE processors."

Did you catch the pool of cell processors directed by a master (and separate standard) processor?

I guess that makes the PS3 a "proof of concept" super-computer.