The Cell BE (Broadband Engine) processor, developed by Sony, Toshiba and IBM, is used in the PlayStation 3 game console, as well as in compute servers for the oil industry and other compute intensive applications. The nine processor cores may produce a substantial performance speedup compared to traditional processors, but mastery of its compute power requires heterogeneous parallell programming skills.
44 participants from the Nordic countries participated in Duc Vianney's two days programming course at NTNU. Duc Vianney is the education lead of the Cell Ecosystem and Solutions Enablement team at IBM. Currently he is on a Europe tour to educate programmers in the skills required to harness the power of the Cell processor. Warzawa and Belgium are next in line on his visit to Europe.
Professor Lasse Natvig was the NTNU coordinator for the event.