PlayStation 3 as Enterprise Linux Server

Posted by jenwren1010 on May 29, 2007 10:09 PM EDT
Inside Edge; By Davey Winder
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The functionality of the PS3 is about to take an interesting boost, becoming an all singing and dancing Linux Enterprise Server courtesy of HELIOS’ optimized Yellow Dog Linux v5.0 installer utilizing the IBM 64-bit 3.2 GHz Cell processor in the PS3 running HELIO UB.

The Linux installer is customised to make the best use of the limited memory available on the PS3. The disk image installs Yellow Dog Linux in under 10 minutes, with a configuration designed to optimise performance offering 40% more memory than the standard config. The PS3 uses a 64-bit Cell processor that runs at 3.2 GHz, is PowerPC compatible with 256 MB of main memory, and has performance comparable to a G5 single CPU. The PS3 comes with the NVIDIA RSX Graphics Processing Unit, has a 60 GB 2.5" swappable serial ATA disk and offers WLAN and Gigabit Ethernet for network connectivity. Terra Soft's Yellow Dog Linux v5.0 is binary compatible with its release for the former Apple PowerPC product line and concurrent support for the Mercury Cell products and IBM Cell and pSeries servers.

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