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Madagascar on a Playstation 3. William Burnett Friday Seminar December 4, 2009. Motivation. Curiosity Playstation 3 (PS3) is an expensive game console but a cheap home computer Cell processor. Overview. PS3 background and hardware Linux on a PS3 Madagascar on a PS3.

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madagascar on a playstation 3

Madagascar on a Playstation 3

William Burnett

Friday Seminar

December 4, 2009

motivation
Motivation
  • Curiosity
  • Playstation 3 (PS3) is an expensive game console but a cheap home computer
  • Cell processor
overview
Overview
  • PS3 background and hardware
  • Linux on a PS3
  • Madagascar on a PS3
precedence of ps3 in geophysics
Precedence of PS3 in Geophysics
  • Bednar and Bednar, 2007, Playing around with a seismic Playstation cluster, SEG Expanded Abstracts
    • Panorama Technologies Software
      • Raytracing
      • FD Modeling
      • 2-way RTM
  • Modified FD modeling code ran ~10 times faster than similar array of AMD processors.
ps3 hardware
PS3 Hardware
  • Processor:
    • “Cell Processor”
      • Sony/Toshiba/IBM
  • Memory:
    • 256 MB RAM
  • Graphics:
    • NVIDIA RSX “Reality Synthesizer”
ps3 hardware8
PS3 Hardware
  • Processor:
    • “Cell Processor”
      • Sony/Toshiba/IBM
  • Memory:
    • 256 MB RAM 
  • Graphics:
    • NVIDIA RSX “Reality Synthesizer”
cell processor
Cell Processor

1 Dual Thread Power Processing Element

(Normal Processor)

8 “Synergistic Processing Elements” (SPEs)

(SIMD Vector Processors)

Each 3.2 GHz

http://www.csh.rit.edu/~oguns/ps3/imgs/Cell_Arch.gif

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Cell Processor

1 Dual Thread Power Processing Element

(Normal Processor)

8 “Synergistic Processing Elements” (SPEs)

(SIMD Vector Processors)

Each 3.2 GHz

http://www.csh.rit.edu/~oguns/ps3/imgs/Cell_Arch.gif

linux on a ps313
Linux on a PS3
  • Most Linux distributions work
  • I chose Yellow Dog Linux 6.1 (YDL)
    • Designed with PS3 in mind
    • No one has put Madagascar on Yellow Dog Linux yet (as far as I know)
getting yellow dog linux
Getting Yellow Dog Linux
  • http://www.yellowdoglinux.com/
  • Download DVD ISO Image:
    • yellowdog-6.1-ppc-DVD_20090201_NEW_PS3.iso
  • Burn ISO image to a DVD
  • Download/print the installation guide:
    • http://www.yellowdoglinux.com/support/installation/ydl6.1_ps3_guide.pdf
ydl installation materials
YDL Installation: Materials
  • Yellow Dog ISO image DVD
  • YDL installation guide or another computer with internet access
  • USB keyboard and mouse
  • HDTV connected by 5-component or HDMI or a monitor connected by HDMI
ydl installation procedure
YDL Installation: Procedure
  • 1.) Insert YDL DVD into Playstation while the power is on.
  • 2.) Reboot into “Other OS”
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YDL Installation: Procedure
  • 3.) Choose resolution
    • 480i
    • 720p
    • 1080i
    • 1080p

Command Line Installation

(Still pretty easy.)

Graphical Installation

(Easy!!!)

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YDL Installation: Procedure
  • 4.) Follow installation guide through configuration*
  • 5.) Install (Go do something else)
  • 6.) Follow guide through first-boot

*At “Package Selection”, choose all three types of computer use:

home, media, and programming

ydl installation done
YDL Installation: Done!
  • Finish by configuring wireless and desktop fontsize/themes.
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YDL Installation: Done!
  • Finish by configuring wireless and desktop fontsize/themes.
get madagascar
Get Madagascar
  • Get Subversion (SVN)*
  • From command line:
    • svn co https://rsf.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/rsf/trunk RSFSRC
  • Unpack (tar –xvf …)

*May be included if you select programming packages during YDL installation

install madagascar
Install Madagascar
  • Follow ahay.org walkthrough:
    • http://ahay.org/wiki/Installation
  • One problem encountered:
    • Software included with YDL 6.1 did not have libXaw-devel development tool.
      • Needed for sfpen, xtpen, etc… (Data displays)
      • Found power pc version online, installation completed
conclusions
Conclusions
  • Madagascar in Yellow Dog Linux?
    • Yes
  • Madagascar on a PS3?
    • Yes
  • Extra computational power?
    • Not really
      • SPE use requires special programming
      • Memory is very limited
things to look at
Things to look at…
  • SPE development kit from IBM with C compiler: spu-gcc
  • Modified code for Cell processor
    • Not platform independent, but may be interesting
  • News of future Cell processor development (doesn’t look promising…)