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Fixstars Buys Terra Soft 20

sgt scrub writes "If you have put Yellow Dog Linux on a PS3 or a Pre X86 Apple, or have an interest in the Cell Broadband Engine, you will be pleased to know that Fixstars has purchased Terra Soft. '"A Cell/B.E. software developer and long-time user of Yellow Dog Linux, Fixstars has great faith in Yellow Dog Linux," said Satoshi Miki, CEO of Fixstars. "This business acquisition allows us to offer a reliable and stable Linux distribution with sense of ease for our customers. I have no doubt that in the expanding Cell/B.E. ecosystem we will offer the best Cell/B.E. solution of the High Performance Computing generation."' I can't think of any group of people better suited to expand the Cell horizon."
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Fixstars Buys Terra Soft

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  • Cell (Score:3, Interesting)

    by negRo_slim ( 636783 ) <> on Wednesday November 12, 2008 @05:16PM (#25739595) Homepage
    I think the cell technology is going to see most of it's play in consumer electronics and laptops. As if it were ever going to enter the PC market in any major fashion it should of done so long ago. And as Ageia has learned it's hard to introduce a new class of add in cards.
    • Re:Cell (Score:5, Insightful)

      by X0563511 ( 793323 ) on Wednesday November 12, 2008 @05:22PM (#25739703) Homepage Journal

      I think the real hindrance to desktop use of (anything like) the Cell/BE is the difficulty in programming for them properly. People seem to have a hard enough time wrapping their heads around threads.

      • Re: (Score:1, Funny)

        by Anonymous Coward

        I think the real hindrance to desktop use of (anything like) the Cell/BE is the difficulty in programming for them properly. People seem to have a hard enough time wrapping their heads around threads.

        Hey, it's called a turban, you insensitive cl...

        Oh, heads around threads, I get it now.

  • High? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by anomaly256 ( 1243020 )
    "High Performance"..... Except, it's slow as HELL, and access to the GPU is blocked.
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by anomaly256 ( 1243020 )
      Just expanding on this a bit... The problem as I saw it, when trying Yellowdog and others, is that they desired to support the PS3 and the old school macs with the same binary distro, so every thing's built targeting not just the generation before cell but 2 or 3 before it and optimized for the entirely wrong pipeline. Add to this the fact that ALL of the device's IO is arbitrated by a software layer in the hypervisor (including network IO), the 256mb of ram, and the blocked GPU and VRam (no CUDA), and th
      • The PS3 has a G7x GPU which never supported CUDA in the first place. At best you could do shader-based GPGPU if Sony allowed it.

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Svartalf ( 2997 )

      You're thinking PS3...

      That's *AN* implementation of the CellBE architecture- one that Sony had 'em cripple. There's another one IBM makes for people that's very, very fast and is at the heart of several supercomputer projects for things like on Nuke Subs done up by Mercury Computer Systems and with things like Fixstars sells.

      Whomever modded your remark "insightful" didn't get that the PS3 was but one of several different CellBE iterations.

  • by clem.dickey ( 102292 ) on Wednesday November 12, 2008 @06:16PM (#25740389)

    Not having heard of Fixstars before, I'm not sure what to make of this. Their website reports that it is "the pioneering company of the Cell Broadband Engine," presumably leading the way for later entrants such as IBM, Toshiba, and Sony.

    I remember TerraSoft mostly for overpriced hardware obviously intended for developers with a corporate checkbook behind them. I would look at the prices and decide that Apple was the cheaper source for PowerPC systems.

    How about Fixstars? Looking at the web store, I can get Sony PS3 ($450), GigaAccel PCIe card (no price or delivery date listed), a fully populated IBM BladeCenter Chassis ($170,800), or a YDL PowerStation with "Quad-core 2.5GHz IBM 970MP CPUs" ($1895).

    The YDL Powerstation sounds interesting and affordable. "Quad-core CPUs" (plural!) for $1895. How many quad-core CPUs, exactly? There is a "learn more" link, but really nothing more there. Less, in fact. That's about the level of detail I used to see from TerraSoft.

  • They charge 45,000 yen per year for a Linux licence (~ $450 USD). Anyone know if they contribute their changes back into the public Yellow Dog distro? []
  • There are many interesting things in store for the future for cell technology and Linux. It'll be interesting to see how Fixstar's approach to cell in the long run differs from that of YDL.

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