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IBM's BladeCenter QS20 using PS3's cell processor technology

It appears the cell processor is so insanely useful that IBM is going ahead and using it even before the PS3 has launched. Aside from the fact shipping began on the BladeCenter QS20, which is marketed directly towards people running heavy-duty graphics, IBM has announced that it will build a supercomputer based on the cell processor and AMD chips. They hope utilizing both of these will overcome the speed and cooling limitations faced by the supercomputers of today.

The BladeCenter QS20 is being adopted early mostly by research-based or academic organizations. This is to be expected, what with the cell being used in a multitude of ways, including quite a few medicinal applications (aside from a fantastic cure for boredom, we hope) like being used in MRI's and X-Rays. Even if the PS3 doesn't do as well as we'd hope, all of us need to admit that the cell processor is going to revolutionize technology. Let's all raise our glasses and toast the cell processor, the bringer of many a good thing now and in the future!*

*Note: drinking is optional and may result in your computer shorting out, especially if you toast your screen especially vigorously.

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1. second best ps3 news this week.

best is the wii price. 250 means it isnt a impulse buy anymore, puts it pretty much on the same plane as a ps3 and a 360... now you will get pepole not in the know (parents) saying "well if it is so much cheaper it must be not as good."

I really thing it levels the playing field

Posted at 10:40AM on Sep 15th 2006 by Paul 1 star

2. Can you hear the spin? I sure can. What this really means is that the moderately useful cell, wasn't made for gaming. And that doesn't bode well for the PS3. Course after the past 6 months...we kindof already figured that one out on our own.

Posted at 10:47AM on Sep 15th 2006 by Pedro Van Faulk 0 stars

3. seymour cray invented the cell processor back in the 70's. vector processing is not new technology and I dont think it will revolutionize the way computers are built. If you want revolutionary technology, take a peak at the intels Conroe Core 2 Duo E6700. it runs Half-Life 2: Lost Coast at 1280x960 resolution with graphics set to the max and HDR lighting at a silkly smooth 135 fps. Thats about 20% higher than an overclocked AMD FX-60.

Posted at 10:52AM on Sep 15th 2006 by ozymandias 0 stars

4. the cell is made for multi tasking and crunching numbers. a good thing to do for games and graphics don't you think? and i'm not thinking that personal computing is the initial target of cell. esp when sony plans to use it else where in its electronic division.

and that's what i want to know. how well is the cell at decoding blu-ray mpeg2 and other video codecs and will it help make sonys BD players and lcd / plasma displays look as good or better than the competition (i.e. samsung). where is the cell going next for the everyday consumer and when can i expect to buy my cell equiped HD camcorder or tv.

Posted at 1:14PM on Sep 15th 2006 by alienclay 0 stars

5. I'd like to see a multi-cell server in action.

Posted at 2:00PM on Sep 15th 2006 by SuicideNinja 0 stars

6. @ 3.

Yeah right all by itself ... is so powerful that does not need a Ubber Graphic Card (ie GeForce 7950) to run the game at that resolution with max settings.

Posted at 6:28PM on Sep 15th 2006 by Night Elve 1 star

7. GPU's were the same dude, i'll try to find the article for you.

Posted at 8:56AM on Sep 16th 2006 by ozymandias 0 stars

8. Night Elve:
Check it out dude,

http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=219

but honestly, having a GeForce 7950 isnt going to magically enable your pc to run F.E.A.R or HL 2 at max settings, and still have a triple digit framerate.

Posted at 9:28AM on Sep 16th 2006 by ozymandias 0 stars

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