Model-based Software Design Tools for the Cell Processor

TitleModel-based Software Design Tools for the Cell Processor
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsLowell, N.
Conference NameACMSE '09
Date Published03/2009
Conference LocationClemson, SC, USA
ISBN Number1-58113-000-0

This paper introduces the larger features of the Cell Processor
that allow this specialized hardware architecture to
provide a significant amount of increased performance. Specialized
configurations call for specialized programming in
order to harness the available performance increase. Such
high computation configurations are prime targets for signal
processing applications. There exists a tool set for modeling
the dataflow of a signal processing application. A major
goal exists to allow for generation of code to be used on the
Cell. The first step involves learning the required techniques
for programming by way of porting an example application
to the Cell. This paper shows the first steps of utilizing the
multi-core architecture which yields a significant increase in
performance with room for further improvement in the future.

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