[Beowulf] Has anyone actually seen/used a cell system?
hahn at physics.mcmaster.ca
Wed Sep 20 13:51:24 EDT 2006
> Can anyone point me to a url, or tell me what their
> experience is with this technology? Is it as fast as
> it's purported to be?
I haven't come anywhere near a Cell, but then again, I'm not sure
I'd want to. 14.6 Gflops (64b, and assuming the full 8 SPE's)
isn't bad, but then again, a 3 GHz Core2 dual-core is 24 Gflops,
and almost certainly a lot more accessible, shipping now, runs linux,
supported by compilers and goto-blas, etc.
if you could readily get a 8-16x PCIE card with 2 or more Cell chips
and a bunch of ~50 GB/s local memory, for cheap, it could be quite something.
> Apparently RedHat is developing
> EL 4.3 to run on the system?
to an OS, it's basically a kinda low-end PPC chip with 8 very weird
FP coprocessors, the latter not relevant to the OS...
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