Cell - linux compatibility question

jschopp jschopp at austin.ibm.com
Mon Sep 18 08:33:26 EST 2006

Donald Chiarulli wrote:
> Hello folks..
> We are about to order a 1U dual cell server from Mercury Computer, see:
> http://www.mc.com/products/view/index.cfm?id=96&type=boards
> They are offering a linux (yellow dog) from terra-soft on this  
> platform based on the 2.6.14-1 kernel.  I understand that your kernel  
> (I assume that it is fedora core 5) is built for the blade board that  
> you show on your website.
> Do you know anyone who has experience with porting the Cell GNU  
> toolchain to this platform?
> Any predictions on the relative difficulty?
> Thanks in advance for any input you may be able to provide.

Any powerpc toolchain will work out of the box.  The SPU toolchain isn't mainline fsf yet, 
but I assume terra-soft bundles the SPU gnu toolchain as well.  If not you can get it here:


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