Octopiler solves concurrency problems?

Jay Nelson <>
Thu Feb 23 08:20:34 CET 2006


http://news.com.com/Octopiler+seeks+to+arm+Cell+programmers/2100-1007_3-6042132.html

It isn't easy to write code for Cell, with its central processing core 
and eight accompanying special-purpose engines. Octopiler 
<http://dw.com.com/redir?destUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fdomino.research.ibm.com%2Fcomm%2Fresearch_projects.nsf%2Fpages%2Fcellcompiler.index.html&siteId=3&oId=2100-1007-6042132&ontId=1001&lop=nl.ex>, 
which IBM Research plans to outline at a tutorial next month, aims to 
change all that. The software development tool converts a single, 
human-written program into several different programs that run 
simultaneously on Cell's various cores.

"Programming Cell is relatively hard," said Illuminata analyst Gordon 
Haff, in particular because development tools must must divide software 
into threads running among different cores and keep those programs 
synchronized as they run. "Certainly a higher-level, more abstracted 
model makes programming a lot easier."

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jay




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