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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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More Information.
By Googer on 1/10/2006 4:41:11 PM , Rating: 3
RE: More Information.
By Missing Ghost on 1/10/2006 11:02:59 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. That would be interesting.


OS?
By ncage on 1/11/2006 12:50:44 AM , Rating: 2
What OS will the be able to run? Anything other than linux?




RE: OS?
By tuteja1986 on 1/11/2006 7:29:32 AM , Rating: 2
yeah :) I really want to see the cell chip in action :) ANandtech should be able to get one for bechmarking :)


doubtful anandtech will get one
By Eris23007 on 1/11/2006 4:35:41 PM , Rating: 3

Mercury is focused on the extremely high performance embedded computing sector. PC enthusiasts like those who frequent Anand's site make up precisely zero of their target market (with the exception being those folks who are both embedded computing decision makers *and* PC enthusiasts - a vast minority of Anand's readers). Therefore Mercury's promo dollars are far more likely to be spent with trade publications such as Embedded Computing Design magazine, HPCWire, etc. Anand will probably only get one if he spends money on it... which he might do, but these things are *very* expensive, and will require the blade chassis in order to operate, an additional expense...




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