The beauty of developerWorks is you just never know what you'll find. I found a link to the
Cell Broadband Engine resource center : Your definitive resource for all things Cell/B.E.
and since I had no idea what it was.....I had to go look ....and as always, lots of great info...starting with...what it is ....
The QS22, based on the new IBM PowerXCell™ 8i multicore processor, offers extraordinary single-precision and double-precision floating-point computing power to accelerate key algorithms, such as 3D rendering, compression, encryption, financial algorithms, and seismic processing.
To enable you to take full advantage of the Cell/B.E. architecture and the PowerXCell 8i processor, IBM has developed a software development kit designed to accelerate production-ready, multicore programming.
The IBM Software Development Kit (SDK) for Multicore Acceleration provides the libraries, tools, and resources that businesses need to develop and tune applications for Cell/B.E. technology. The IBM SDK for Multicore Acceleration enables you to easily:
- Port and optimize applications and algorithms quickly
- Increase ease of programming and developer productivity
- Obtain a reliable development toolkit with warranty and support
- Plug in third-party ISV libraries to integrate and build your software ecosystem
Does this mean anything to me? Nah...but still very interesting to explore.... perhaps though it is interesting to you?