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Re: IBM "Cell" processor

From: esmith <esmith@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 01 Dec 2004 12:22:59 -0500

Garance A Drosihn wrote:
February".  I don't think computers will start shipping (not in
any volume) by then.  PS3's, perhaps, but not general-purpose

After these remarkable claims of perfomance it's probably best to take a "wait and see" approach but, the fact that workstations do exist right now ( the URL you posted speculated that developers already have cell workstations ) makes this a curiosity, because some of the hardware features do seem to match well with some of the DF goals.

coordinated press releases from IBM and Sony

ARMONK, NY and TOKYO, November 29, 2004
IBM, Sony Corporation (Sony) and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) announced today that they have powered-on the first Cell* processor-based workstation.
The prototype workstation is the first computing application planned for the highly-anticipated Cell processor.
The companies expect that a one rack Cell processor-based workstation will reach a performance of 16 teraflops or trillions of floating point calculations per second.
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