Installing Cell Broadband Engine SDK

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Reason: Not updated since 2010. (Discuss in Talk:Installing Cell Broadband Engine SDK#)

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The CBE SDK installation only supports the Fedora 9 or RHEL linux distributions. I managed to install it on my Arch Linux system with the help of a post in the gentoo forum, and doing some trial/error.

Required Packages

All of the following required packages are provided by the pacman databases and the versions should be recent enough.

Core repository:

  • gcc 4.x
  • glibc
  • perl 5.x
  • freeglut
  • gawk
  • bison
  • flex

Extra repository:

  • rpmextract
  • tcl
  • tk

To make sure all of these are installed:

# pacman -S gcc glibc perl freeglut gawk bison flex rpmextract tcl tk


Get ISOs and build the SDK

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Reason: Building as root is not supported. (Discuss in Talk:Installing Cell Broadband Engine SDK#)

You will have to download the two 3.1 SDK ISOs (Developer, Extra) for Fedora 9 manually from IBMs website, which requires free registration. Place them in a build folder for the cellsdkAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror] AUR package. Now the SDK is ready to be build, but you will have to do it as root because the PKGBUILD uses mount of loop-devices to extract packages from the ISOs. Build the SDK by running:

sudo makepkg --asroot

Now a cellsdk-3.1-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.gz should be ready for installation! Just run

sudo pacman -A cellsdk-3.1-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.gz

and now the SDK is installed and ready for use.

Running the Simulator

Go to /opt/ibm/systemsim-cell/ directory and type sudo ./systemsim -g You can run without root by changing the owner and group.

sudo chown -R /opt/ibm/systemsim-cell
sudo chgrp -R /opt/ibm/systemsim-cell 
cd /opt/ibm/systemsim-cell/bin/s
./systemsim -g


Since the PKGBUILD does not run the official install script there is bound to be something not setup completely correct... Place a comment on the cellsdkAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror] AUR page.