Originally posted by Programmer
Sounds a lot like guessing to me.
Mark -- the Cell has a Power core inboard, so why would it need to be used "outboard"?
In my head, I see a shelf of Cell blades attached to an Xserve by some high-speed interconnect like Infiniband.
So I guess what I mean by outboard
is that it's slightly removed from the host that controls it which means that you don't have
to build in the capability to drag all of that heat away into what should remain mainstream computing products.
Does that philosophy not then given you an opportunity to attach a small Cell breakout box (for audio or video processing) to a PowerBook using a FireWire umbilical.The Cell unit does all the heavy lifting (encoding, effects, whatever) and then feeds the finished data stream down FireWire to be written to disk., whilst th main 9xx or 3xx "host" processor controls less demanding tasks.
Does that not make it feasible to run hitherto deskbound applications on a laptop? Could you - I/O connections notwithstanding - land up with a 96-track recording solution running on a next-gen PowerBook?
I don't know how this thing wants to get fed, which is I'm asking the question.