Georgia Institute of Technology, College of Computing

STI Center of Competence for the Cell Broadband Engine Processor

Cell Processor

Sony Toshiba IBM

Georgia Tech - STI Center of Competence

The College of Computing at Georgia Tech is designated as the first Sony-Toshiba-IBM (STI) Center of Competence focused on the Cell Broadband Engine™ (Cell BE) microprocessor.

IBM® Corp., Sony Corporation and Toshiba Corporation selected to partner with the College of Computing at Georgia Tech to build a community of programmers and broaden industry support for the Cell BE processor.

The revolutionary Cell BE processor is a breakthrough design featuring a central processing core, based on IBM's industry leading Power Architecture™ technology, and eight synergistic processors. Cell BE "supercharges" compute-intensive applications, offering fast performance for computer entertainment and handhelds, virtual-reality, wireless downloads, real-time video chat, interactive TV shows and other "image-hungry" computing environments. The groundbreaking Cell BE processor appears in products such as Sony Computer Entertainment’s PLAYSTATION®3, Toshiba’s Cell Reference Set, a development tool for Cell products, and already is included in the IBM BladeCenter® QS20, or “Cell Blade,” as well as through joint collaboration with Mercury Computer Systems, Inc., targeted at aerospace and defense, semiconductor, medical imaging, and other markets.

Directed by Prof. David A. Bader, the STI Cell Center of Competence at Georgia Tech has a mission to grow the community of Cell BE users and developers by performing research and service in support of the Cell BE processor, and further enable students at the College to grow their skills and experience around Cell BE technology to apply in future career opportunities. The Center sponsors discussion forums and workshops, provides remote access to Cell blade hardware installed at Georgia Tech, creates and disseminates software optimized for Cell BE systems, and performs research on the design of Cell BE systems, algorithms, and applications. The award from Sony-Toshiba-IBM supports the Center’s activities and research efforts in support of broadening Cell BE’s impact into multiple sectors and industries, including scientific computing, digital content creation, bioinformatics, finance, gaming and entertainment.

About the College of Computing at Georgia Tech

The College of Computing at Georgia Tech is a national leader in the research and creation of real-world computing breakthroughs that drive social and scientific progress. With its graduate program ranked 9th nationally by U.S. News and World Report, the College’s unconventional approach to education is pioneering the new era of computing by expanding the horizons of traditional computer science students through interdisciplinary collaboration and a focus on human centered solutions. For more information about the College of Computing at Georgia Tech, its academic divisions and research centers, please visit