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17/10: IBM Cell BE - yet another IBM platform running Linux?

Med Nils Smeds, IBM

IBM has showed a long lasting dedication to Linux over the years. Today, Linux is a supported alternative on all IBM platforms from laptops and workstations to supercomputers such as BlueGene and "RoadRunner". The newest released platform is the Cell Broadband Engine - a CPU co-developed with Sony and Toshiba. This talk will focus on the Cell BE, its architecture, application areas and how you can get started programming it.

Nils Smeds works for IBM Deep Computing in the World Wide Coordinated Tuning Team since 2005. He has a history in scientific computing from graduate studies in Solid Mechanics and from working at The Center for Parallel Computers, PDC, at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. In 2001 he worked for University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, at a state-level academic computer center, AC3. He was a visiting scientist at IBM TJ Watson research doing operating system development for BlueGene/L in 2003-2004.

The talk is presented in cooperation with NSC LCSC.

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