Chelmsford, Mass. Mercury Computer Systems, Inc.'s Mercury MultiCore PlusSDK 1.0 (Software Development Kit) has been developed and is available for programming the Cell Broadband Engine (BE) processor. The Software Development Kit provides a complete, intuitive programming environment for products based on the Cell BE and other multicore processors.
Combining a set of software tools and libraries into a seamless package, the MultiCore Plus SDK enables users to maximize resources and application performance by taking full advantage of the multicore processor's computation model. The Beta version of this software has been in use at customers across industries since late 2005 including aerospace & defense, seismic, semiconductor, life sciences, digital media, and national labs.
The Mercury MultiCore Plus SDK is part of Mercury's MultiCore Plus Advantage, which is designed to foster programmability of all of these products, while at the same time ensuring product performance. The MultiCore Plus SDK is supported on the open source Linux distribution for Cell and complements components of the IBM SDK. Highly optimized math libraries and middleware communication frameworks provide optimal runtime performance, while developer productivity is increased with use of the Eclipse-based IDE and associated plug-ins such as the Mercury Trace Analysis Tool and Library (TATL).
Mercury and IBM announced an alliance focused on the joint development, engineering and commercialization of Cell BE processor-based products in 2005. Since then, Mercury has announced a family of Cell BE processor-based products including the Cell Accelerator Board, a 1U server, the ruggedized PowerBlock 200, and Cell Technology-based development systems available in multiple form factors. Also, Mercury and IBM have both recently announced the general availability of a Cell BE processor-based IBM BladeCenter blade which both companies are actively selling. Mercury has been shipping prototype versions of its Dual Cell-Based Blade since December 2005, and production versions since August 2006.
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