Yokemate of Keyboards
Posts: 4897 from 2009/1/28
From: Delaware, USA
Actually, I've kind of been talking out my ass, as I get a minor rise out of tweaking Andreas' rigid sensibilities.
We really explored the avenue as far as it needed to be.
The processor in the PS3 would be really boon to Morphos, as its ASMP nature would fit in well with our lack of SMP support.
The SPEs add an immeasurable amount of power to this or any other CPU (literary, its quite hard to quantify).
I wouldn't have spent time looking at Toshiba's Spur Engine if I didn't think so.
But the memory requirements of the Cell make it impractical to use.
I can get a boat load of Cell BE processors now, and the documentation is there to use them, but I can not justify the pricing of XDR memory (even when it is salvaged from a PS3).
Its a pity IBM did not share its latest advances in SPE design with Toshiba, as the PowerXCell 8i's SPEs are even more remarkable.
AND, if the PowerXCell 8i (which uses conventional memory) or a related processor was still in production, I would still be pushing for the Cell.
So our future in PPCs, if there is one, rests with the Qorlq family, just as Paul Gentle predicted several years ago.
And while its always fun to re-hash old topics, we have beat this one to death already.
All of you, if you have been paying attention, should be satisfied that the focus for new hardware went right where this forum's train of thought said it ought to.
I didn't see the OS4 crowd talking about the e5500 core several years ago, but we were.
And now that we are getting so psyched about an ISA change, its only fair to mention that our OS remains one of the best solutions for PPC platform (in particular for what both could evolve into).
So...the Cell is dead, but we have already moved to 64bit processors, and the OS4 community is about to adopt the same. We need to focus on the future, not past developments (and software, not hardware).[ Edited by Jim 11.01.2014 - 21:11 ]
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