3. Building Applications for the Cell Processor

At a high level, this book is just a collection of instructions and recipes for converting human-readable text files into binary executables. This conversion process, called building, is the subject of this chapter. The discussion focuses on two topics:

  1. The SDK tools (ppu-gcc, spu-gcc, ppu-as, spu-as, etc.) that perform the build process
  2. The makefiles that direct how the build should be performed

If you’re already familiar with the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) and its tools, you may only want to skim this chapter. ppu-gcc and spu-gcc have the same options as regular GCC tools and are used in the same way. There’s also nothing new about the makefiles used to build Cell applications.

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