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IBM is continuing its campaign to move the Cell processor, the chip that powers PLAYSTATION3, into the mainstream of high-end computing. The latest issue of the IBM Journal of Research and Development is devoted to all things Cell. According to IBM:

This journal includes eight papers that provide descriptions of the Cell/B.E. Architecture, advanced security schemes, design and implementation of the Cell/B.E. using 90-nm and 65-nm CMOS silicon-on-insulator processes, computational examples illustrating enhanced performance, Cell/B.E. blade server technology and applications, speech recognition, and software to automatically exploit the superscalar nature of the Cell/B.E.

In August, IBM announced its upgraded Cell blade, the BladeCenter QS21, which was one of the systems the company was talking up at last week’s HPC on Wall Street Conference in New York.