quote: Ideally the Opterons would focus on raw performance, with the Cell chips aimed at intercommunication between the processors and additional floating point calculations.
quote: Typical compute processes, file IO, and communication activity will be handled by AMD Opteron processors while more complex and repetitive elements -- ones that traditionally consume the majority of supercomputer resources -- will be directed to the more than 16,000 Cell B.E. processors.
quote: Why didn't they go with a Xeon Core 2 derivative? I realize they're not out NOW, but they will be in a year.
quote: it would just make sense to use the Core 2 architecture if they want the best performance-per-watt
quote: I am often amazed by the propensity of organizations to spend lots of money on hardware to solve what are often software problems. Cell BE is not a particularly good platform to solve software problems with either. It is more likely to require custom software to be written to take advantage of the SPEs. I predict the opteron cores get used for more than just routine system tasks.