Order of the Butterfly
Posts: 462 from 2003/11/25
Yep, completely forgot about the PA6T.
64 bit, thanks Andreas.
And I never really thought to look at AmigaWorld.
As to Vox's contention that the Cell is more "modern" than the G5, well it is newer.
Cell is availiable, can be developed futher.
We could play with PS3 and one day develop real innovative machine
using main CPU all those programmable units. As far as I understand,
its NOT just Altivec, one unit could do MUI, other Reggae and so on (or game AI, rendering, visual effects, screen dragging ...) cooperate with nVIDIA gfx or in some other system some RadeonHD.
Needed drivers can be ported from Yellow Dog Linux.
Even if its experimental MOS 4 Cell special edition with limited
number of apps, GIMP, Blender and few Linux + some best AmigaOS 3/MorphOS apps
could really demo a nice and multimedia usable HW/SW combo.
As far as I understand Cell is smaller then G5 and some new board can be developed around it, as well as CPU itself is basis of supercomputer in chain, and alone as single Cell can be developed and scaled further. G5 and PA6T have reached its maximum and I am not that much impressed (yet) by X5000 CPU until proven wrong.
Quick Google shown:
PS3 CELL is About 30% less powerful than blade server(2 core less) : 35 time - 30%=24 time faster than the dual G5.
So in theory PS3 should be 10 times better at 3d imaging and apps than the XB360. Even if I cut this in half it is still 5 times better.
YDL is yet not well optimized, and Cell optimized MOS SE with some apps could be a real Cell showoffQuote:
However - if you custom code for the Cell, it can do some things that are very hard to do with normal processors. In fact, the Cell resembles a graphic card GPU more than a regular CPU. For example, it can do vector mathematics quite well.
It is true, I am using the Cell for scientific computation, Cell's performance depends on how much I can tame it, the creature is still wild to me.
I would expect 2-digits performance over my office i7 by the end of this year though the YDLPS3 is my home computer and my boy's game machine.
Cell's OS and Office suit performance does not bother me much, I thought YDL team had done some great low level job to optimize the OS code.
I only worry about my next cell machine, can Fixstars sell the powerstation with a Cell processor rather than G5s? Or, even better, only sell Cell's motherboard (integrated even better, moderate GPU is OK), I just plug in with everything PC components
Maybe its even possible to do Cell PCI or PCI-E card for Pegs and SAM460x
Cell alone can do much much more then most of CPUs
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_Cell#Possible_applications[ Edited by vox 12.01.2014 - 17:53 ]
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