One of MIT's free courses, is one called Multicore Programming Primer. It's described as:
The course serves as an introductory course in parallel programming. It offers a series of lectures on parallel programming concepts as well as a group project providing hands-on experience with parallel programming. The students will have the unique opportunity to use the cutting-edge PLAYSTATION 3 development platform as they learn how to design and implement exciting applications for multicore architectures. At the end of the course, students will have an understanding of:
-Fundamental design philosophies that multicore architectures address
-Parallel programming Philosophies and emerging best practices.
It consists of lectures, lecture notes, projects, etc.
Has anyone ever listened through the lectures, to see whether it could be a good starting spot for a random user who wants to learn more about the PS3?
Heres a link: http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electrica...uary-iap-2007/
I've been going through one of the lectures, talking about the cell processor. While the course is designed for someone who already has extensive schooling or knowledge in this area, for someone who is familiar with the ps3, its very easy to follow, and the professor does a good job on explaining multicore benefits, the SPEs, and even why the ps3 has the last SPE disabled. It's worth a listen to it at the very least. Here: http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electrica...ell-processor/