IBM's 'Cell University Challenge' Winners Uncover Breakthrough Applications for Brain Monitoring, Data Mapping, Medical Imaging and Object Detection

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AUSTIN, TX - 24 Sep 2007: Today at the 2007 Power Architecture Developer Conference (PADC), IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced the winners of its first annual Cell Broadband Engine™ (Cell/B.E.) Processor University Challenge. From the thousands of innovative entries, winning designs featured never-before-seen uses of the Cell/B.E. technology, including large-scale modeling of the human brain; a system for mapping massive amounts of real-time data; a path to deliver complex, 3-D medical images to a desktop computer; and a new way to detect extremely fast-moving objects.

Nearly 80,000 students from 25 countries competed in the Challenge, which consisted of online trivia about Cell/B.E. -- originally designed by IBM, Sony Group and Toshiba Corp., for use in consumer devices such as Sony Computer Entertainment's PLAYSTATION©3 -- followed by an opportunity to invent their own applications using this powerful processor. Students' designs included everything from applications-oriented solutions (e.g., visualization, medical imaging, seismic computing, etc.) to High Performance Computing (HPC) to industry-wide programmability tools.

"This contest provided a growth opportunity for students to gain real-life, multi-disciplinary skills to apply to their futures as they move from the classroom to the workforce," said Nick Donofrio, IBM executive vice president, Innovation and Technology. "This challenge also proved the true power, potential and promise of student innovations."

The teams with winning designs were each presented a cash prize ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 for their work. These included:

In addition to the winners from the regions of North America and Latin America, students also participated from Europe and Asia. These winners will be recognized in a public event later this year.

About the Cell Broadband Engine™ (Cell/B.E.) Processor University Challenge

The global Challenge was co-hosted by IBM, with support from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and Toshiba Corp. For additional details on the Challenge, the winners and their projects, visit

About the Cell Broadband Engine

The revolutionary microprocessor developed by IBM, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and Sony Corporation (Sony Group) and Toshiba Corporation is a breakthrough chip design featuring eight synergistic processors, and a central processing core based on IBM's industry leading Power Architecture™ technology. The Cell/B.E. processor "supercharges" the graphics-intensive applications that will define a new generation of visual entertainment -- offering superior performance for games and handhelds, virtual-reality, wireless downloads, real-time video chat, interactive TV shows and other "image-hungry" computing environments.

A team of computer scientists from IBM, Sony Group and Toshiba has collaborated on the development of the Cell/B.E. processor at a joint design center established in Austin, Texas, since March 2001.

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