IBM has updated its Cell BladeCenter server, changing just about everything but the processor to improve performance. The company also released a major upgrade to its multi-core development kit.
"This thing is a speed demon for the kind of immersive 3D apps and encryption and some other apps they are talking about," said Charles King, principle analyst with Pund-IT. "Speed is really the essence for them to be able to do real-time processing or be real darn close to it."
IBM has also released a new software development kit for the Cell called Multicore Acceleration 3.0. The company regularly updates the kit as it learns new tricks from the workloads being run on the Cell. But for this update, IBM performed a major overhaul.