Mercury Computer Systems have the first IBM Cell based server ready for evaluation

Although the IBM Cell processor claims the majority of it's fame as the future Playstation 3, Cell also has other uses -- particularly in high density blades.  A company called Mercury Computer Systems just announced that its newest line of blade servers is ready for evaluation.  The company announced its intention to sell Cell based servers back in October, but its announcement today makes it first company to have a Cell product available to the public. 

The Cell Technology Evaluation System, or CTES, uses dual Cell BE (Broadband Engine) processors and an Intel simulation environment.  Software support is provided by Mercury's own middleware and a customized version of Y-HPC Linux.

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