Cell documentation released
IBM, Sony, and Toshiba have released a number of new documents detailing the Cell processor. The documents cover the following topics:
- The Cell Broadband Engine Architecture -- defines a processor structure directed toward distributed processing and multimedia applications. The architecture contains a control processor based on the Power Architecture, augmented with multiple high- performance SIMD Synergistic Processor Units and a rich set of DMA commands for efficient communications among processing elements.
- The Synergistic Processor Unit Instruction Set Architecture (SPU ISA) -- discloses the high performance SIMD RISC processor designed to accelerate media and streaming applications for systems based upon the Cell Broadband Engine Architecture.
- Synergistic Processor Unit C/C++ Language Extensions, Application Binary Interface, and Assembly Language specifications which aid software developers in unleashing the full processing power of the
have already made documents available online, and Toshiba will apparently release its share shortly.