Exploring the Potential of the Cell Processor for High Performance Computing – Københavns Universitet

Exploring the Potential of the Cell Processor for High Performance Computing

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Exploring the Potential of the Cell Processor for High Performance Computing

Cand. scient. Mohammad Jowkar, vinder af specialeprisen 2007

Resume:

Since its inception, the Cell processor from Sony, Toshiba and IBM has stirred up a lot of excitement among the High Performance Computing (HPC) community. This is due to Cell's unique eight core heterogeneous architecture and impressive +200 Gflops performance. Actual real-world applications have also confirmed speedups of several magnitudes when ported to Cell. IBM has been very clear that the Cell processor is here to stay, with roadmaps showing new versions of Cell for the years to come and IBM estimates a 34 core version of Cell in less than two years.

Unfortunately Cell's performance does not come for free and requires detailed knowledge of the architecture. This talk will give an introduction to the architecture of the Cell processor and present some of the challenges of programming such an unconventional architecture. In addition the talk will present a concrete example of how Cell can be used in a HPC setting to reach petaflop performance.

Sted:

Lille UP1, Datalogisk Institut, Københavns Universitet, Universitetsparken 1, 2100 København Ø.

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