[erlang-questions] Erlang & PS3/Cell?

Christian S <>
Thu Nov 30 10:12:02 CET 2006


I'm quite eager to play with the Cell processor as well. From what I
understand the SPEs have their own instruction set, have SIMD ALUs and
are restricted to 256kb of local memory. Somehow I doubt Erlang is a
good language to take advantage of the SPE's abilities. Not only is
there no target for the SPE's instruction set, erlang isnt very good
for expressing programs that can be parallellised. (Concurrency is not
parallellism.)

Erlang could potentially be good on the Cell's controlling PPC chip,
loading code to SPEs and reacting when results have been obtained.
Doing the operative work. Maybe to set up several ps3s in a cluster
for heavy calculations.

On 11/30/06, fbg111 <> wrote:
>
> I've been thinking about getting a PS3 mainly to install Linux on and play
> around with the Cell.  Anyone know if Erlang can run processes on the Cell's
> SPE's?  Anyone else thinking about this too?  Thanks,
>
> Byron
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