QCD on the Cell Broadband Engine

Belletti, F.
Bilardi, G.
Drochner, M.
Eicker, N.
Fodor, Z.
Hierl, D.
Kaldass, H.
Lippert, T.
Maurer, T.
Meyer, N.
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We evaluate IBM's Enhanced Cell Broadband Engine (BE) as a possible building block of a new generation of lattice QCD machines. The Enhanced Cell BE will provide full support of double-precision floating-point arithmetics, including IEEE-compliant rounding. We have developed a performance model and applied it to relevant lattice QCD kernels. The performance estimates are supported by micro- and application-benchmarks that have been obtained on currently available Cell BE-based computers, such as IBM QS20 blades and PlayStation 3. The results are encouraging and show that this processor is an interesting option for lattice QCD applications. For a massively parallel machine on the basis of the Cell BE, an application-optimized network needs to be developed.
Comment: 7 pages, 3 figures, contribution to Lattice 2007 (Regensburg, Germany)
High Energy Physics - Lattice