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Cell Processor Powers IBM Blade Server

IBM is expected to demonstrate a blade server called BladeCenter H next week on Feb. 8 in New York based on the Cell processor. The Cell processor, which also is the brains of Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 3 videogame console, has a PowerPC processing core supplemented by eight special-purpose cores to boost the chip’s calculation abilities. IBM is mum about how a Cell blade would be useful, but a good bet is high-performance technical computing. IBM has a major focus in that market, and the eight “synergistic processing engines” on Cell are good for high-speed calculations.

IBM is expected to demonstrate a blade server called BladeCenter H next week on Feb. 8 in New York based on the Cell processor. The Cell processor, which also is the brains of Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 3 videogame console, has a PowerPC processing core supplemented by eight special-purpose cores to boost the chip’s calculation abilities. IBM is mum about how a Cell blade would be useful, but a good bet is high-performance technical computing. IBM has a major focus in that market, and the eight “synergistic processing engines” on Cell are good for high-speed calculations.

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