More Cell Linux News
Torvalds announced version 2.6.16 of the Linux kernel yesterday. It includes support for the Cell processor, to be used in the PS3. Also, the PS3 will include Linux on the included HDD.
The Cell support should mean an easier time for IBM as it tries to encourage people to buy Cell servers later this year. The unusual processor also is used in Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 3 game console, but IBM expects it to be used for high-performance computing tasks such as medical image processing as well. Cell has a main PowerPC processing engine supplemented by eight special-purpose cores that run tiny programs of their own.
The new kernel includes the SPU (synergistic programming unit) file system, which lets software control and communicate with the different processor cores.