[erlang-questions] Google Summer of Code 2008
Fri Feb 29 06:38:56 CET 2008
Toby Thain wrote:
>> * Organise a list of project ideas that we'd like students to work
> One perennial topic is porting Erlang to embedded/tiny systems, and
> how small the runtime can feasibly be.
Should I mention PS3 and the Cell. We started looking at how the PS3
compares with a standard intel server at work yesterday to see if the
amount of usable processing power is price competitive. You can get 4
across in a 19 inch rack (PS3s are 325x98x274 mm) and possible be able
to go 2 deep depending on the cabling. So in 8 Rack Units of height you
can get 8 PS3s. Each PS3 having a 3.2GHz Cell processor. Even if we
don't use the SPEs this may still be feasible given that the PS3 is
cheap and is projected to have a long design (life) cycle. The stumbling
block is the 256MB of RAM in the device.
Full specs: http://www.ps3source.net/content/view/17/33/
At the moment I'm reading the "Programming high-performance applications
on the Cell BE processor" on IBM's developer works which will be of
interest anyone interested in tackling it.
The other show stopper is the the application being targeted may require
some custom programming. I'm the only person capable of progromming in
the play and I typically don't get time to do much, but that's not
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