Chelmsford, Mass. - Beating even the partners in its development, Mercury Computer Systems has revealed it will within a month or so begin shipping a 2.8 teraFLOPS 7U board based blade system configuration powered by the IBM-Sony-Toshiba CELL BE (Broadband Engine) processor.
Availability of the Dual Cell-Based Blade is planned for Q1 of calendar 2006, and production is planned for the following quarter. The announcement comes about a month after IBM, Sony and Toshiba announced the availability of key documents that describe technical details of the Cell Broadband Engine architecture the companies have been working on for the last three years or more.
According to Randy Dean, vice president, Business and Technology Development at Mercury, the Dual Cell-Based Blade will have a peak performance of 400 GFLOPS and feature two IBM Cell BE processors, as well as XDR memory from Rambus Inc. An online data sheet is available at www.mc.com/cell.
He said detailed specifications of this product have been shared under NDA with
various customers, and initial orders for early-access systems are anticipated in the near-term.
Dean said the Dual Cell-Based Blade software environment will run on the Linux(R) OS, and Mercury will provide the Eclipse-based open source software framework for the Cell processor architecture - integrating the compilers, debuggers, math libraries, utilities and middleware.
Scalable to seven blades in a 7U configuration, the Dual Cell-Based Blade is expected to provide up to 2.8 teraFLOPS of processing performance in a 7U form factor, and up to 16 teraFLOPS in a six-foot rack.