STI Cell Keynote Talk: Accelerating Scientific Computing with the Cell Broadband Engine Processor


The STI Cell Broadband Engine (Cell BE) has shown the potential to provide outstanding performance, scalability, and flexibility in applications with high data parallelism, such as dense and sparse matrix operations, image processing, and encryption. The Cell BE processor is based on a novel heterogeneous multi-core architecture that consists of nine independent on-chip processing units, including a dual-threaded Power Processor Element (PPE) and eight Synergistic Processor Elements (SPEs). This unconventional design of heterogeneous cores along with the explicit and special memory arrangement require careful consideration of data partitioning and task scheduling at the application level to attain maximum execution efficiency. On the other hand, the Cell BE processor offers a vast number of parallelization options to application developers and presents a unique opportunity to study new parallel programming paradigms for the multi-core/many-core era.

May 14, 2009 5:00 PM — 6:00 PM
Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
David A. Bader
Distinguished Professor and Director of the Institute for Data Science

David A. Bader is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Computer Science at New Jersey Institute of Technology.