The fast and the furious: compare Cell/B.E., GPU and FPGA

For decades everyone was spoiled by Moore's law directly translating into an exponential speed increase, the CPU clock was going up exponentially to 3GHz which was reached in 2003, but in the last 5 years it seems to be stuck at that point. Instead, manufacturers try to pack multiple cores into a chip. People started to look for alternative ways to get faster computation (see MRSC 2008 conf.): Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA), General Purpose computing on Graphics Processing Units (GPGPU) and most recently the Cell Broadband Engine (Cell/B.E.) from IBM-Sony-Toshiba.

Tony Williams over at the ChemConnector Blog has had a couple of people ask him for comments about which way to go and which one is better for a particular application. The writer of this article, though, just invested two man years of effort porting to the Cell/B.E. and not only does he have strong opinions he also have enough "hands-on experience" to comment.

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pixelsword3470d ago

...I saw it and thought "this really explains a good amount well" because I read a bunch of things and sometimes it seems like the people writing them are trying to get their money's worth out of the word-a-day calenders they bought.

This gets just as detailed without all of the unnecessary verbage.

MNicholas2936d ago

The Cell is a beast.

Supports what I've been saying all along.

The Cell provides the highest performance/dollar both in terms of aquisition costs as well as operating costs.

Fishy Fingers3470d ago (Edited 3470d ago )

Developers or people genuinely interested in Cell development....

"The Cell/B.E Developers group aims to bring together Cell developer specialists world-wide for the purposes of collaboration, networking and to ease resourcing for projects utilising this unique architecture"

Thought someone might be intrigued. Found it in the articles comment section.

kyleg3470d ago

they need to make CPU's that are over 4 GHZ

Scenarist2936d ago

they need to make them way past 4gz dude... ive seen overclocks past 4ghz years ago

Oner3470d ago (Edited 3470d ago )

Funny how there isn't much fanboyism going on in here...yet. Certain people on N4G can only "talk" and downplay the benefits, prospects, possibilities and untapped power of the Cell B.E. but these guys at actually make stuff and DO things that PROVE otherwise.

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