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In this work, we research the suitability of the Cell Broadband Engine for database processing. We start by outlining the main architectural features of Cell and use microbenchmarks to characterize the latency and throughput of its memory infrastructure. Then, we discuss the challenges of porting RDBMS software to Cell: (i) all computations need to SIMD-ized, (ii) all performance-critical branches need to be eliminated, (iii) a very small and hard limit on program code size should be respected.doi:10.1145/1363189.1363195 dblp:conf/damon/HemanNZB07 fatcat:2k23sjbsofh6noc67l6zojm7p4