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Tuesday, February 8, 2005

The Cell, Part I

Ars Technica has posted the first part of their look at the new Cell processor, currently under development by IBM, Sony, and Toshiba. The Cell will be the brains behind Sony's forthcoming Playstation 3 console. It's really a "back to the future" kind of CPU, applying old concepts in a new way. The article is quite technical, but still can even give plebs like myself an idea of what makes the Cell unique.

The Master comments: The Cell processor is very interesting in that IBM is moving backwards to a time when the processors themselves knew very little about the instruction stream, and did what they were told. Programmers will have a massive amount of control over this type of processor, but it will be interesting to see if it will ever work in a "general" computing environment. I'm sure this type of CPU will work very well in gaming, supercomputing, and other controlled work environments.

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