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Re: [Chicken-users] anyone have a Playstation 3 ?

From: Shawn Rutledge
Subject: Re: [Chicken-users] anyone have a Playstation 3 ?
Date: Mon, 25 Dec 2006 22:53:53 -0700

On 12/20/06, Brandon J. Van Every <address@hidden> wrote:
I seriously doubt that the best way to make use of all those Cell
processing units is with any kind of threading.  I expect there's
probably some way to more tightly synchronize their actions, when coding
hand assembly.  I'm not interested in the Cell as some kind of
architecture where you just forget about what you're doing, put stuff in
threads, and hope they perform better.  That's how the XBox 360 is
designed; its threading model is coarse and conventional.  I'm sure it
will be popular with developers that don't want to think much about the
architecture.  I expect, however, that the Cell has capabilities that
can only be realized by writing very specifically for that
architecture.  I haven't read up on the Cell enough to know what is
possible, but I will be doing so.

Yeah, makes sense.

What other kinds of constructs can you imagine in Scheme for parallel
execution, which would work better than threads?

> As a console it seems to be bombing so far; they are already going for
> less than retail on ebay,

Um, no.  They've been going for $1500 on e-bay.  That's 2.5 times their
$600 retail, and almost 2 times their $800 manufacturing cost.  Sony was
supposed to deliver 400k units at launch and has only done about 200k.
Crimes have been committed by people to obtain them, including murder.

Right after release, yes.  Then the prices began to plummet on ebay.
(I did a search when I wrote that comment, naturally.)  Item
260068916242 is an example from today - less than retail, but prices
today seem a bit higher in general than they did on the 20th.

Today there was also this article:

Besides, the Cell isn't going to be used in just the PS3.  That's just
the cheap way to get ahold of one right now.


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