PC processor powers accelerator board

DECEMBER 29, 2008--The mvXCell-8i PCIe accelerator board uses the IBM PowerXCell 8i processor.

Dec 29th, 2008

DECEMBER 29, 2008--The mvXCell-8i PCIe accelerator board uses the IBM PowerXCell 8i processor. The latest Cell/B.E. (Cell Broadband Engine) PowerXCell 8i processor has a standard core (PPE) working as a manager and eight cores (SPEs) optimized for fast parallel processing of pixel and DP float data. On the mvXCell-8i, all nine cores work with 2.8 GHz, allowing the board to reach 180 Gflops single precision and 90 Gflops double precision float. Memory includes 4 Gbytes of DDR-RAM. The mvXCell-8i can be used as an accelerator board for Windows and Linux systems or as a standalone Linux computer. Two GigE ports enable direct connection of GigE Vision cameras. Several boards can be configured as preprocessing devices in a PC.
Matrix Vision
Oppenweiler, Germany
www.matrix-vision.de

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Super computing for image processing

On the one hand, the powerful IBM Cell/B.E. processor guarantees impressive 3D visualization in the games console Playstation 3, on the other hand, it helps the Roadrunner in Los Alamos to place first on the ranking of worldwide fastest computers. With the mvXCell-8i PCIe accelerator board, MATRIX VISION makes the power of IBM PowerXCell 8i processor for standard PCs available.

The latest Cell/B.E. (Cell Broadband Engine) PowerXCell 8i processor has a standard core (PPE) working as a manager and eight cores (SPEs), which are optimized for fast parallel processing of pixel and DP float data. On the mvXCell-8i, all nine cores work with 2.8 GHz. For this reason, the board can reach 180 GFLOPS single precision and 90 GFLOPS double precision float. Furthermore, with four GB DDR-RAM the board provides enough memory for dozens of image data. The mvXCell-8i can be used as an accelerator board for Windows and Linux systems or as a standalone Linux computer. Two GigE ports make it possible to connect GigE Vision cameras directly. For demanding image processing, several mvXCell-8i can be configured as preprocessing devices in a PC. Thus, very compact, extreme powerful solutions can be realized. The high bandwidth of the PCIe x16 interface allows transferring image data directly from fast PCIe frame grabbers like MATRIX VISION's mvHYPERION-CLf to the local memory of the mvXCell-8i.

Apart from image processing in industry, microscopy and medicine as well as video surveillance technology, the mvXCell-8i is suitable as an accelerator for many other areas, which need high processing power for demanding algorithms like in visualization of financial modeling.

For developers who want to open up the potentiality of the mvXCell-8i for their application areas, extensive IBM Cell/B.E: SDK with comprehensive documentation and all needed libraries are included in delivery. You can find the latest information on our website: http://www.matrix-vision.de/cell.

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