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Setting Up Linux on the Cell (Part 1)

So we got a PS3 for research in the lab the other day and we got to set up Linux on it. It’s actually pretty painless, although if you can, get a monitor that supports DVI and supports HDCP so you can get the digital connection. We only have analog in the lab so it looks like crap. Seriously though, it looks like feces and I have to use SSH to get anything done. That being said, here’s how to do it:

This actually isn’t a how-to or anything. We just followed the directions at the IBM website and it was all set up. I actually wanted to set up RapidMind to fiddle with parallelizing applications in an “easier” fashion (check back later to see if it actually was easier) and needed to set up libspe2. Libspe1 comes with Cell, but to set up libspe2, you’ll need to install the Cell SDK 2.1 (2.0 comes with Cell and the IBM link above, use this link for 2.1). I’m installing it right now, but if it doesn’t work, I’ll let you know, and if it gets really bad, it will become a how-to. Either way, I’m looking at using Cell for multigrid method solving and visualization, or maybe something unrelated, but I’ll let you know.

UPDATE (10/30/07): Turns out installing SDK 2.1 went terrible. More on this later.