Good stuff. thx!
This is some great stuff, I really enjoyed reading this article. The one thing that really blew me away was how they explained the power of a PS3:The Cell Processor said:This is a 9 core processor, one of these cores is something similar to a PowerPC G5 and acts as a controller. The remaining 8 cores are called APUs and these are very high performance vector processors. Each APU contains it's own block of high speed RAM and is capable of 32 GigaFlops (32bit). The APUs are independent processors and can act alone or can be set up to process a stream of data with different APUs working on different stages. This ability to act as a "stream processor" gives access to the full processing power of a Cell which is more than 10 times higher than even the fastest desktop processors.
In addition to the raw processing power the Cell includes a high performance multi-channel memory subsystem and a number of high speed interconnects for connecting to other Cells or I/O devices.
Thats unbeleaveable, 5 Dual core opterons = 1 Cell, and 4 Cells = PS3. Thats crazy.So you think your PC is fast... said:It is where multiple memory banks are being used and the APUs are working on compute heavy streaming applications that the Cell will be working hardest. It's in these applications that the Cell may get close to it's theoretical maximum performance and perform over an order of magnitude more calculations per second than any desktop processor currently available.
If over clocked sufficiently (over 3.0GHz) and using some very optimised code (SSE assembly), 5 dual core Opterons directly connected via HyperTransport should be able to achieve a similar level of performance in stream processing - as a single Cell.
The PlayStation 3 is expected to have have 4 Cells.
I doubt that will happen, it’s almost physically impossible due to bandwidth limitations. And the article said nothing about this, and it won’t be necessary with all the power that the PS3 will have.D.D said:I'm worried about how these will actually WORK tho. I remember hearing something about if your ps3 is connected to the internet via broadband it'll share the load with other ps3s/cell appliances...which worries me since it leaves me wondering wut would happen to ppl who only have a ps3 on their own...
THANK YOU for confirming that its not just meI don't know how that dumb rumor got started. I've heard it so many times
Ana Sofia Henao, naked, on my bed. That would impress me.__Xzyx987X said:Yes, but the point is that this thing is bigger than just the PS3 itself. THis chip has the potential to permantly replace the x86 archetecture as the heart of a PC. It has the potential to emulate any other processor that has been constucted to date at full speed. This thing has the potential to rock the computer industry in a way that hasn't happened since the PC was invented. If this doesn't impress you then I don't know what will .