IBM to use Cell CPU in Blade servers

By Justin Mann on
Blade has been a pretty hot topic for server administrators the past year or so, and IBM really wants to continue pushing them. They are also looking to incorporate their 'Cell' processor into blade servers as well. The Cell is the CPU behind the up and coming PlayStation 3 console, and is considered by many to be a revolutionary chip in terms of design. It was designed around consoles though, not servers, and IBM isn't giving many details on the purpose or future of a cell blade. Next week, IBM plans to demonstrate the Cell in their new BladeCenter in New York, and more details on the advantages of using that CPU in a blade environment will probably be revealed then. IBM is king of the blade market, which is becoming increasingly popular, so it may end up being a follow the leader style situation in the future. Could we see Blades using Cells in many corporate environments in the future?

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