Mercury Computer Systems has released the MultiCore Plus SDK for PlayStation 3, bringing the raw computational power of the PS3 to real-world applications.
One of the first companies to introduce the Cell processor into the commercial and military markets, Mercury has produced a development environment that allows anyone to utilise the power of the Cell Broadband Engine processor – including game developers.
"We’ve seen a tremendous amount of interest in leveraging the PS3 as a Cell development system and as a compute node for lightweight, high-performance clusters," said Kai Staats, CEO of Terra Soft Solutions.
"With the Mercury MultiCore Plus SDK for PS3, the PS3 gaming console, and Terra Soft’s Yellow Dog Linux operating system, users can affordably dive into the power of the Cell BE processor."
Joel Radford, vice president of corporate marketing and strategic alliances at Mercury Computer Systems added: "Our MultiCore Plus SDK is being used by a growing roster of customers who select the Cell BE or other multicore processors for their computationally intensive applications.
“Customers who choose to start out with the PS3 can later migrate seamlessly to more sophisticated hardware solutions from both Mercury and IBM by leveraging our software alongside Yellow Dog Linux from Terra Soft."
The MultiCore Plus SDK is available for $399 per seat.