Posted Nov 11, 2005 20:31 UTC (Fri) by ncm
In reply to: Cross
Parent article: Cell Broadband Engine Software Development Kit Version 1.0
To be precise, if you're dependent on Eclipse or on Java, you're probably not smart enough to make effective use of a Cell, at least in this decade. Eventually somebody will come up with ways to make its oddities less visible, and access to them more portable.
The main CPU in the Cell is not a heavy lifter when it comes to (e.g.) running compilers. Most Cells will be in embedded gadgets for the next couple of years, so cross-compilation is the natural way to develop for the environments the code must run in. Here's a hint: Cell and its brethren certainly will be just a footnote in history, just as is practically everything in the computing world.
How much space does a PS3 take, anyway? You might as well use it as an X station (besides a development target), and unplug the monitor from your development box. That way you can put your noisy development machine in the basement (presuming you're not already there!) and enjoy the peace and quiet.
Finally, as drag and I both noted, 256MB is lots of RAM by any rational measure. If it's not enough, you're probably either running appallingly fat software, or processing NASA images.
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