April 26, 2007 (IDG News Service) -- IBM has a plan to stop the computing delays familiar to users of virtual worlds and online games, simply by adding its Cell gaming chips to its mainframe servers, the company said Thursday.
IBM developed the Cell Broadband Engine chip with Sony Corp. and Toshiba Corp. for use in industries ranging from aerospace and defense to gaming, including Sony's PlayStation 3 video-game console. IBM intends to create a hybrid machine through the integration of the Cell processor with its System z9 Business Class mainframe server. The z9BC is the vendor's entry-point product for businesses that need less capacity than the System z9 Enterprise Class mainframe.
While the original design of this so-called gameframe computer is dedicated to smoothing out performance problems in delivering rich graphics for the 3-D Internet, future versions could handle business applications like ERP, customer relationship management, virtual stores and meeting rooms, collaboration environments, data repositories and mapping.