[sf-lug] Posting and Announcement
jim at well.com
Thu Jun 15 12:02:04 PDT 2006
thank you for the info. good stuff, consider yourself
I'm shopping the lenovo website for a thinkpad,
but i want to put RHEL 4 on it and have the wifi
and CD/DVD burner work. I cannot find convincing
data to that effect.
Got suggestions or encouragement? If I buy it, do
you know of anyone who'd help me get things to
work the way I want (I'm willing to pay money)?
On Jun 15, 2006, at 9:57 AM, Adrien Lamothe wrote:
> The "BE" stands for "Broadband Engine", it is just a name, meant to
> indicate the blazing speed at which the processor operates. The Cell
> Processor (or Cell Broadband Engine, whichever you prefer) promises to
> completely revolutionize computing. It is basically an extended Power5
> processor, but with higher memory bus bandwidth and nine execution
> cores: a central "Power Processor Element" and eight "Synergistic
> Processor Elements". Linux is being ported to it, and Sun has just
> agreed to port Solaris to it. The CBE is the processor for Sony's new
> PlayStation3. According to IBM, the CBE will be used across the full
> spectrum of computing devices, from mainframes down to cell phones.
> My only concerns about the CBE are power consumption and heat
> generation/dissipation and the associated thermal management
> requirements. That is what most likely may cause problems.
> I too believe Linux has reached a "tipping point" (a currently trendy
> phrase), and that the IBM CBE will play an important role in Linux
> adoption. O'Reilly published an article of mine asserting this, you
> can read it at:
> One of my predictions in the article recently came true: Lenovo is
> now offering ThinkPads at unbelievably low prices (thanks to the
> incredibly efficient cost of production in China). You can get a
> Celeron M ThinkPad for $499, a Pentium M ThinkPad for $679 and a Core
> Duo Thinkpad for $999 (the latter two with Windows XP Professional).
> So now Lenovo can compete with Dell on a price basis. That was the
> Developing software that takes advantage of multi-core processors is a
> bit more challenging, you have to write multi-threaded software. I
> recently posted an article speaking about this, you can read it at
> I would like to write about some details of the CBE, but the licensing
> terms of the CBE software development kit and CBE simulator (which
> runs on Fedora Core 4) prevent anyone from writing about them. In
> fact, after reading the licensing terms I decided not to download
> those two packages (IBM asks you to agree with the licensing terms
> before you download the packages.)
> If all of this seems like shameless self-promotion, it is.
> jim stockford <jim at well.com> wrote:
> Momtaheni's Posting and Announcement seems to
> announce activities pertaining to linux running on IBM's
> new cell CPU. I'd like to know what's this BE business
> (as in "cell BE")?
> This strikes me as potentially important as IBM has
> a big and high quality RnD department and the cell
> CPU is touted as a worthy alternative to Intel's (and
> others') offerings.
> If IBM is pushing the cell CPU, what machines will
> appear? "Back room" machines for sure, possibly new
> user (desktop, gaming...) machines, too, maybe new
> data and service appliances.
> The computer user community at large seems to be
> at some kind of breaking point: open source is gaining
> popularity, linux is increasing market share with a new
> push for desktop use, there are cracks in the paradigms
> for embedded systems (calls for more CPUs rather
> than more complex software, for one example).
> There's a new spate of product offerings that are
> services for users: google's calendar/email/im/
> spreadsheet..., zimbra's on-line office productivity
> services (word processor, spreadsheet, calendar, data
> management--basically an office anywhere--for less
> than $30 per month), Foldera's new organization/
> collaboration online service (seems no charge for now).
> And if the One Laptop One Child initiative really takes
> off, there will be a huge infusion of new linux users
> using mesh networking on the internet: what new
> ideas will emerge from them?
> All of the above threatens Microsoft's hold on the
> market: significantly, its paradigms for use are
> For sure there's a sea change coming, and news of
> Linux on the cell CPU may portend something.
> On Jun 13, 2006, at 12:10 PM, Ida A Momtaheni wrote:
> > Hello,
> > I would like to post the information below about the PA Technical
> > Briefing below to your website please.
> > Cell BE programming and extensions to Linux
> > Link to Website:
> > http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/offers/techbriefings/details/
> > Briefing
> > Join us while we explore the details of Cell Broadband Engine (Cell
> > BE) programming. This Tech briefing provides a comprehensive
> > overview of the Cell BE architecture, programming models, and
> > development environment. You will learn all about Cell BE standards
> > like the application binary interface specifications, SPE C/C++
> > language extensions, SPE assembly language specification,
> > simulator, Cell BE simulator debugging environment, and Cell BE
> > extensions to Linux.
> > Thanks,
> > Ida Momtaheni
> > developerWorks
> > IBM Corporation
> > 425 Market St.
> > San Francisco, CA 94105
> > iamomtah at us.ibm.com
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