Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers
Multi-core processors are a shift of paradigm in computer architecture that promises a dramatic increase in performance. But multi-core processors also bring an unprecedented level of complexity in algorithmic design and software development. In this paper, the authors describe the challenges and design choices involved in parallelizing a Breadth-First Search (BFS) algorithm on a state-of-the-art multi-core processor, the Cell Broadband Engine (Cell BE). Their experiments obtained on a pre-production Cell BE board running at 3.2 GHz show almost linear speedups when using multiple synergistic processing units, and an impressive level of performance when compared to other processors.