On Monday 08 December 2008 04:23:26 pm Derick Centeno wrote:
> Bill or someone from Fixstars should be jumping to help you here.
> However being the wonderful fellow that I am - :-D - I'll point out
> that the PowerStation runs YDL as it's native OS and is sold
> exclusively from Fixstars - formerly TSS. The PowerStation CPU
> already is a 4 core Cell although the whole package can be modified -
> read customized - by Fixstars to your needs.
Ok, I guess that's my cue. The PowerStation is not a Cell machine, it uses
IBM's PPC970 CPU (what Apple called the 'G5'). It is very unlikely that you
could get MacOS X to run on it. If you did, it would be a kernel hack and it
would also violate the EULA for MacOS X, which only allows for the OS to be
installed on Apple branded hardware.
The PowerStation is a serious high-performance machine, if you really need
bang for your buck in the Power architecture, it's definitely something to
As to Warren's concerns with Apple G5 power supplies, I haven't had the same
experience - my G5 hasn't had any serious issues.
As Derick mentioned, the GigaAccel 180 is definitely something you might want
to consider. You can put one in a PowerStation and get the best of both/all
worlds. The PS3 is a nifty way of getting a low cost testing/prototyping
machine for Cell programming, but it has serious performance limitations due
to HD speed, RAM and bandwidth through the hypervisor.