Innovators & Influencers: IBM Master Inventor Takes Cell Chip Beyond Games - InformationWeek
Business & Finance
02:35 PM

Innovators & Influencers: IBM Master Inventor Takes Cell Chip Beyond Games

Gschwind helped develop the Cell chip. Now he's working to popularize parallel processing beyond games and supercomputers.

The tech industry engenders a lot of interesting job titles--evangelist, chief Yahoo, knowledge sorceress. But the coolest might belong to Michael Gschwind, the technical lead on IBM's hugely successful Cell processor. Gschwind's business card says master inventor, a title he earned developing more than a dozen technologies patented by IBM, from more efficient memory systems to better ways to improve processor power.

Right now, Gschwind is all about Cell, the chip that powers Sony's PlayStation 3, meeting the graphics demands of games like Call Of Duty and Grand Theft Auto as the processor spreads workloads across multiple cores.

Cell's going beyond games. IBM's helping medical device makers develop Cell-based equipment for real-time diagnostic imaging. "Parallel processing used to be the exclusive domain of high-end supercomputers," says the 38-year-old Austrian. "Now it's going to have a much more widespread impact."

To make sure that happens, Gschwind spends considerable time teaching developers the most efficient ways to write code for Cell and take advantage of a multicore environment. No sense being a master inventor if no one uses what you make.

Return to Innovators & Influencers

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
2017 State of IT Report
2017 State of IT Report
In today's technology-driven world, "innovation" has become a basic expectation. IT leaders are tasked with making technical magic, improving customer experience, and boosting the bottom line -- yet often without any increase to the IT budget. How are organizations striking the balance between new initiatives and cost control? Download our report to learn about the biggest challenges and how savvy IT executives are overcoming them.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
Cybersecurity Strategies for the Digital Era
At its core, digital business relies on strong security practices. In addition, leveraging security intelligence and integrating security with operations and developer teams can help organizations push the boundaries of innovation.
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll