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IBM cell processor to prop up Mercury's computer systems

Posted: 30 Jun 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:cell microprocessor? mercury computer systems?

Mercury Computer Systems Inc. will integrate IBM's cell microprocessor technology to build computer systems for data-intensive applications. Mercury Computer is said to be the first company outside of the gaming industry to use such design services from IBM.

The alliance offers Mercury access to IBM's technology capabilities through IBM's engineering and technology services group. Mercury has initial plans to integrate the cell microprocessor technology into a wide variety of future products, with the aim of dramatically boosting computing performance in Mercury's customer applications. By incorporating cell technology, Mercury intends to take demanding applications such as radar, sonar, MRI, CT, digital X-ray, and others to a new level of sophistication and performance.

Mercury and engineers from IBM's engineering and technology services unit will collaborate to develop products with improved performance for graphic-intensive workloads and computationally intensive applications. The optimized cell-based products will be targeted at current and new applications in medical imaging, industrial inspection, aerospace and defense, seismic processing, and telecommunications. New sensor capabilities in these markets are dramatically increasing the volumes of available data to be processed.

The cell processor feature eight synergistic processing elements plus a Power Architecture-based core. It has a peak performance in excess of 200 GFLOPS, which equates to 200 billion floating-point operations per second -- as measured during initial hardware testing.

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