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Cell Broadband Engine Architecture and its first implementation—A performance view

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4 Author(s)
Chen, T. ; IBM Systems and Technology Group, 11400 Burnet Road, Austin, Texas 78758, USA ; Raghavan, R. ; Dale, J.N. ; Iwata, E.

The Cell Broadband Engine™ (Cell/B.E.) processor is the first implementation of the Cell Broadband Engine Architecture (CBEA), developed jointly by Sony, Toshiba, and IBM. In addition to use of the Cell/B.E. processor in the Sony Computer Entertainment PLAYSTATION®3 system, there is much interest in using it for workstations, media-rich electronics devices, and video and image processing systems. The Cell/B.E. processor includes one PowerPC® processor element (PPE) and eight synergistic processor elements (SPEs). The CBEA is designed to be well suited for a wide variety of programming models, and it allows for partitioning of work between the PPE and the eight SPEs. In this paper we show that the Cell/B.E. processor can outperform other modern processors by approximately an order of magnitude and by even more in some cases.

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IBM Journal of Research and Development  (Volume:51 ,  Issue: 5 )