Software development platform provider RapidMind announced it has landed $10 million of venture capital funding to help increase support for multi-core processors such as the PS3's Cell.
I hope that sooner than later we can got some goodness from this (in the Playstation 3 optimized games form)!
PC and Mac's use them every day.
I know most apple software can use all cores.
This almost sounds like they want to make a Cell PC or something along those lines.
Let alone the fact that the cell is not multi-cored but single cored with spe's....I think devs need to work more on geting use out of Mutlicored pc processors....
The Cell only has 1 core (PPE) and 8 SPEs. The 360 CPU has 3 cores with hyper-threading. That's all I know about technology.
There are differences between the Xbox360 and PS3 processors, but they both require parallel programming to bring out the maximum processing power of both. Breaking a task into smaller parallel tasks requires rearranging the data structures and with consideration for timing and memory issues. Moving from single task to multiple tasks programming just requires a different thinking to solve problems.
But with the Cell processor, the SPEs scream through the tasks, like little girls in a haunted-house.
Very nice one! LOL
I hope this helps improve development for 360 games because I don't think any game has even used all 3 cores efficiently! Also I don't know of any pc games that has used all of the cores yet other than Alan Wake thats a year away! Can you tell me what games take advantage of this because one would think that this would happen on 360 1st since it had a head start in that direction? It's funny how all we here is how once developers figure out PS3 then the game will look better but when 360 it self still hasn't been figured out yet and it's games are also going to look better once this is figured out!
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