Deep within the 2005 GCC Summit proceedings one can find the paper Ulrich Weigand is scheduled to present tomorrow, titled “Porting the GNU Tool Chain to the Cell Architecture.” It focuses mostly on the “SPE” coprocessors (Synergistic Processing Engines), which use a new instruction set, but also mentions pipelining on the (in-order) PowerPC core. The Linux interface to the SPEs is also covered, and much time is devoted to the GDB debugger.

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