The Taub Faculty of Computer Science Events and Talks
Monday, 01.06.2009, 18:30
In this talk I describe several techniques that we developed to support the
generation of high quality code for the Cell Broadband Engine, addressing
of its key challenges and advantages.
The architecture of the Cell Broadband Engine developed jointly by Sony,
Toshiba, and IBM, represents a new direction in processor design.
In addition to a PowerPC-compatible Power Processor Element (PPE) the Cell
architecture features an array of eight Synergistic Processor
Elements (SPEs) supporting a new SIMD instruction set.
Each SPE consists of a Synergistic Processor Unit (SPU) and a memory-flow
Load and store instructions of an SPE access a local store of 256KB private
to the SPE.
The SPE instruction text itself must reside within its local store as well.
DMA operations provided by the MFC enable the SPE to copy data between its
local store and main storage.
Applications making optimal use of the Cell architecture will comprise of
both PPE and SPE components, requiring tool-chain support for working with
two different instruction set architectures and ABIs in an integrated